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Summary A wide cross section of the Senate Democratic Caucus said in interviews that they are willing to back Reid as either majority or minority leader in the next Congress -- no matter how controversial the Nevada Democrat has become as part of the furious battle for control of the chamber this fall. "We all share in success, we all share in the failures; we're a team. But Harry Reid has tremendous respect of members of our caucus. ... I don't believe that he would be challenged in our party for leadership until he's ready to step aside." The Democratic consensus shows how high the stakes are this year, with voters going to the polls in states from West Virginia to Montana -- but effectively deciding whether to stay the course with Reid or elevate Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell if he survives his own reelection challenge in Kentucky.

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