WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., faced the first internal opposition to his grip on power Thursday as at least six Democrats rejected his bid for another leadership term during an emotional meeting following last week's drubbing in the midterm elections.
Quelling a small but vocal rebellion, Reid won re-election to another term atop the caucus, now as minority leader after eight years in the majority. But his victory came only after a 31/2-hour meeting that became a forum for political grievances.
Instead of the usual voice vote for leadership positions, the Democratic caucus — which will be at least eight seats smaller in the next Congress — forced a roll call vote. The six who said publicly that they opposed him include both Virginia senators: Mark Warner, who narrowly won re-election, and Timothy Kaine, who previously served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.