Reid announces retirement

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won’t seek reelection in 2016, and endorsed New York Sen. Charles Schumer as his successor for his leadership post.

The fifth-term Nevada Democrat had denied retirement rumors for months.

This news definitely comes as a surprise –even to some people here in Washington. The Senator says he is trying to avoid a fight in leadership so he already backed Schumer.

The decision on the next Democratic leader won’t be formal until a secret ballot vote which will be in November of 2016 following the election. This happens as part of an internal caucus – unlike the leadership vote in the House. If lawmakers pick Schumer – it means they would bypass the man next in line – Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin from Illinois.

There is a lot of talk going on inside the U.S. Capitol. Some people say Reid would have faced a tough re-election in 2016 and a lot of pressure not to stick around as Democratic leader in the next Congress.

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