Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat and one of the co-sponsors of a measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to sales online and at gun shows, said that proponents do not have the votes to pass it Wednesday.

The development is a gigantic setback for gun control advocates, who, after the Connecticut shooting rampage, had their eyes set on much more ambitious controls, such as bans on certain types of weapons and magazines and universal background checks on all gun sales.

President Obama has made campaign-style trips to sell the administration’s package, crafted by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who has been Mr. Obama’s point man on the issue.

“We will not get the votes today,” said Mr. Manchin, according to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

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