Politico ·

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. Even if Democrats lose the majority, Reid's top deputies and potential successors, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Patty Murray of Washington, are already committing that they will get behind the five-term Nevadan if he were to run as minority leader. Reid's support remains solid in part because most Senate Democrats blame the White House -- not him -- for their increasingly tenuous hold on power.