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S.C. Senate Votes to Take Down Confederate Battle Flag

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    S.C. Senate Votes to Take Down Confederate Battle Flag
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    The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-staff behind the Confederate flag erected in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015.

    The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from State House grounds, NBC News reported. State senators voted 37-3 to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies. The movement to take down the flag has two more hurdles: The bill needs to passes with a two-thirds vote in the South Carolina House, which is likely to be a tougher struggle than in the Senate. Several powerful House Republicans, including Speaker Jay Lucas, have not yet said how they'll vote. If the bill passes the house, it would head to the desk of Gov. Nikki Haley, who has said the flag's removal would be a way to honor the nine black victims gunned down by a white gunman at a Charleston church.

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