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A Senate committee delayed until next week a vote on John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations after Democrats asked for more time.

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee want to question State Department officials, said Andy Fisher, spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., on Wednesday. Committee Democrats strongly oppose the nomination of Bolton, who is now undersecretary of state.

Putting off a vote that tentatively has been planned for today would give Democrats more time to try to persuade a moderate, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., to defect to their side.

Chafee has said he is inclined to vote for Bolton but has not said he definitely would support him.

Republicans have a 10-8 edge in the committee. A tie vote could block a recommendation to the Senate to approve Bolton, whose managerial style and criticism of the United Nations have come under attack in two days of committee hearings.

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