Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) called King on election night to congratulate him on his victory. Reid seemed confident after the phone call that King would sit with the Democrats, giving them control of 55 seats in the next Congress.

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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (N.Y.), Senate Democrats' chief political strategist, predicted earlier this year that King would join the Senate Democratic Conference.

King held what he termed a "wonderful meeting" with Snowe on Monday to discuss his transition, he told Maine TV station WGME. He also said he plans to work with both parties, regardless of which he chooses.

"It is likely that I will have to make a decision to join one of the caucuses in order to have committee assignments and to be an effective senator, but that is not the end of the discussion in terms of working with people from both sides," he said.

King also met with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGun proposal picks up GOP support Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Agricultural trade demands investment in MAP and FMD MORE (R-Maine) on Tuesday to discuss plans to work together on Maine-centric issues moving forward, and he met with Reid on Monday.

— This story was originally posted at 12:17 p.m. and was last updated at 3:10 p.m.