Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced that four more senators have signed on to reject the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty
, and consequently Republicans doubt that the treaty will be ratified later this year. Senators Johanns (R-NE), Ayotte (R-NH), Portman (R-OH) and Isakson (R-GA) tipped the scales and therefore the treaty will likely stay off the senate floor. However, Democrats claim it’s too early to determine the livelihood of LOST
"But Mr. Kerry’s office dismissed Mr. DeMint’s tally, saying that vote counts taken months before a proposed vote are ‘just a snapshot of where our politics are in this instant.'"
"…The senator (John Kerry) decided long ago to delay requesting a vote on the treaty until after the November elections because ‘right now we’re in the middle of a white-hot political campaign season where ideology is running in overdrive.' "