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With Schumer endorsement, Democrats hope to avoid leadership fight
With Schumer endorsement, Democrats hope to avoid leadership fight

Retiring Sen. Harry Reid’s quick endorsement of New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer as the next Democratic leader in the chamber could be an early signal he hopes to avoid what could be a contentious battle for a rare opening in party leadership. While Reid's endorsement – and that of the current No. 2 Democrat, Illinois Sen. Richard J. Durbin -- is important, it by no means guarantees Schumer will glide into the post. There hasn’t been an active campaign for the top Democratic leadership position in either the House or Senate since Reid won his current post in 2005. And beyond the pent-up desire of ambitious Democrats to climb the ladder, the kind of intra-party...

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