Video grab shows U.S. Senate Democratic leader Reid announcing he will not seek re-election in Washington

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schumer as next leader

Video grab shows U.S. Senate Democratic leader Reid announcing he will not seek re-election in WashingtonBy Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office. Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year. Schumer immediately began rounding up supporters, while his nearest potential rival, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, announced through a spokesman that he will support Schumer to be the Senate Democrats’ next leader after the November 2016 elections. “I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many of my colleagues and look forward to our Senate Democratic Caucus continuing to fight for the middle class,” Schumer said in a statement.

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