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Six Democratic Senators Admit Voting against Harry Reid for Leader

Six Democratic Senators Admit Voting against Harry Reid for Leader

Huddling with Democrats Thursday, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid was again chosen as their leader, after losing the Senate in last Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Reid was elected by a secret ballot, but moderate senators scrambled to tell reporters that they voted against him.

Six senators publicly revealed their vote against Reid, according to Roll Call.

  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, McCaskill and Manchin both revealed that there were others who voted against Reid, but they declined to identify them publicly.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said a secret ballot was held but that “several members” announced that they were voting against Reid.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told Capitol Hill reporters after the meeting that the meeting was “really beneficial” to the Democratic Caucus. “I thought it was one of the best meetings I’ve been to, truthfully. People could speak as long as they wanted, and they did, and it was good,” he said.

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