Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is formally entering the race to succeed Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), with allies suggesting he already has enough support to win what could turn into an uncontested race.
According to a person familiar with his planning, Schumer has already called most of his colleagues in the Democratic caucus following Reid’s surprise announcement Friday morning that he would not seek re-election next year.
“I thank Harry Reid for his friendship, counsel, and steadfast leadership of our caucus over the last ten years, and I look forward to continuing to work right alongside him for the remainder of this Congress,” Schumer said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many of my colleagues and look forward to our Senate Democratic Caucus continuing to fight for the middle class.”
A Schumer adviser made clear that the race was the New York senator’s to lose. “He had the commitments from the overwhelming majority,” the source said.