Reid, McConnell stay in Senate top party posts

Dick Durbin will continue as assistant majority leader, and Arizona's Jon Kyl remains GOP whip

Topics: U.S. Senate, 2010 Elections, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,

Senate Democrats and Republicans have returned their respective party leaders to their posts following an election in which the top Democrat scrambled to retain his seat and the senior Republican picked up 13 new senators.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada kept his post, as did Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin will continue as assistant majority leader, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York will stay on as vice chairman of the Democratic conference and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington will remain conference secretary.

On the Republican side, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona remains GOP whip, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee continues as Republican Conference chairman and Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming remains conference vice chairman.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans alike are poised to return their respective party leaders to their posts following an election in which the top Democrat scrambled to retain his seat and the senior Republican picked up 13 new senators.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, is unopposed to keep his post, as is Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.

Reid’s midterm election victory over tea party favorite Sharron Angle spared Democrats a battle over who might have replaced him.

And McConnell is sidestepping a divisive fight with conservatives over earmarks by endorsing a tea party-sponsored ban on them.

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