What Happens Now to Sen Reid After Midterm Election?
Nevada's senior Senator's role in Washington is changing as a result of the midterm election. How will that impact us here in the Silver State?
Friday, November 7th 2014, 1:50 pm PST
Friday, November 7th 2014, 2:44 pm PST
Harry Reid has been in office since 1987 and has been Senate Majority Leader since 2006. But, in the wake of this week's Republican blowout in the midterm election, Reid will no longer hold that seat, and there is speculation he may not even retain leadership as the minority leader. He did say through a press release Wednesday morning that he, "is looking forward to working with Senator Mitch McConnell."
And according to political analysts a loss of that power may actual mean a beneficial gain in focus for Nevada. Eric Herzik is a political science professor at UNR. "I've talked with plenty of Democrats here in Nevada who say Reid hasn't been able to help us much because he's been too busy trying to save other Democrats in other states. You do get a bit spread out when you're the majority leader," Herzik said. Even without a title in Washington, Herzik says Reid's seniority will pay off for the Silver State.
Appropriations are still made through committee. Committees are controlled by the Executive Branch which is still controlled by the Democrats.
"And let's face it, Barack Obama owes Harry Reid Big time," Herzik said. "Harry Reid has been carrying water for Obama for six years and now here's an unsuccessful election. Obama owes Harry Reid."
And the Tea Party Express has put Reid on its list of politicians they hope to unseat in 2016. But that's still two years away and we all know a lot can happen in two years' time.
Meanwhile, Republicans are boasting that their successes on Election Day shows they've caught up with Democrats in getting out the vote.
During President Obama's runs for the White House, it was Democrats who had the stronger ground game. The party hoped it could stave off a loss of the Senate this year by investing heavily in a voter turnout program.
But Republicans redoubled their efforts, and it paid off -- especially in in places like Colorado
Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner began to build a strong field team early in the race. They spent months knocking on doors and talking to voters.
Republicans got enough of their voters to the polls to neutralize Democrats' strong push on Election Day, and Gardner won his race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.
(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)