Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Sen. Claire McCaskill won't vote for Reid as Democratic leader

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) publicly said on Thursday that she will not vote for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to continue as leader of the Democrats in the Senate — though her one statement on this matter is not likely to have any great impact.

"I will not," McCaskill told reporters when she was asked about supporting Reid, Roll Call reports, as she she was entering the Democratic meeting for their leadership elections.

McCaskill also said that she believes the election results last week show the need to change the political leadership in Washington, according to The Associated Press. Democrats lost their majority in the Senate, going from 55 seats in their caucus to as few as 46.

However, Reid is universally expected to continue as Democratic leader in the minority, and moreover no opponent has even emerged to challenge him.