The year 2014 just keeps getting better and better for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Following a resounding re-election to the Senate earlier this month, the longtime Kentucky senator has now been unanimously elected as the Senate’s next majority leader, according to Roll Call. McConnell had been the Senate minority leader since 2007.
On Election Night, CNN reported that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated at the time that he would not automatically throw his support behind McConnell as majority leader if Republicans were able to take control of the Senate away from Democrats. According to Roll Call, no Republican senator seriously challenged McConnell, who is the fourth most senior senator amongst Republicans.
On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is facing a slight challenge as he looks to become the Senate’s minority leader after spending the pass seven years as majority leader. According to Politico, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has said she will not vote for Sen. Reid as minority leader, saying that a change in leadership is necessary because “it’s a matter of sending a message to the American people that we need to change things.”
The Politico article goes on to say that other Democratic senators in other so-called “red states”(such as North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin of West Virginia) have indicated that they would also not back Sen. Reid.
If Sen. Reid were to lose his leadership position, Democratic senators who could take his place include Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who is currently chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and current Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).