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Poll: If Democrats Lose the Senate, Will Reid Still Head Their Caucus?

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

If Democrats lose the Senate, will Majority Leader Harry Reid remain head of the Democratic caucus?

DEMOCRATS (88 VOTES)

Yes: 55%
No: 45%

 

Yes

"Boxers stay in the ring—Reid won't quit."

"He's like a barnacle. They'll have to scrape him off to get rid of him."

 

"Reid is still very well respected within the caucus."

"He already has the votes, and the caucus won't renege on that."

"If he wants to be. If not—CHUCK SCHUMER."

"He will lead until he retires. This election will be about Obama, not Reid."

 

"Yes, but he shouldn't."

"The blame will lie with the map, not the leader. And Senate Dems will win it right back in '16."

"Unlike others, Reid puts protection and care of his caucus ahead of personal ambition. His Dem colleagues like that."

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"Two words: survival instinct."

"100 percent. He's fearless, tireless, and takes care of all Senate Democrats' needs, no matter how small. They love him. He also raises a lot of money for them and never wants media time or credit, which makes him sorta the anti-senator."

"He's there as long as he wants to be."

No

"Time for Dick Durbin and a new generation."

"One would hope he has the good grace to step aside—time for new blood, a fresh face and lead the way for Nancy to do the same."

"Schumer would be breathing down his neck, and Reid would somewhat gracefully step aside."

"After having such a huge 60-seat majority just a few years ago, Reid would go down as a leader who oversaw one of the greatest political collapses in Senate history. Reason enough."

"He should begin to think of an exit strategy, either way."

 

If Democrats lose the Senate, will Majority Leader Harry Reid remain head of the Democratic caucus?

REPUBLICANS (94 VOTES)

Yes: 49%
No: 51%

Yes

"As fun as a coup would be, it seems unlikely."

"It will take more than losing the majority to kill him off."

"If Democrats lose, it will be because of the map and Obama. Dems outperformed Republicans the last cycle, and Reid is responsible."

"He is ideally suited to be an obstructionist."

"He has an impressive consolidation of power for a Senate leader."

"It is better to be feared than loved."

"Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin are the ultimate insurance policy."

"Even though his antics are wearing thin, senators don't often mutiny."

No

"My sense is they cannot wait to be done with him."

"Will he? Maybe. Should he? No."

"No one likes to see a loser as the mouthpiece of the party."

"Not unless the caucus completely loses its collective mind!"

"Reid's only exit is in a pine box. Unlike Pelosi, he is their top strategist, the central brain-bug."

"Too much baggage associated with Dirty Harry, and too much ambition in the Democratic caucus."

"Reid will argue that he needs to focus on reelection after he fails to convince his colleagues it is all Obama's fault."

"He will be searching for Searchlight if they lose the Senate."

. . . . . . . . . . .

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This article appears in the May 10, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

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Michael, Executive Director

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