McCaskill won’t back Reid for leader
© Greg Nash

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillKoch-backed group targets red-state Dems on tax reform Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.) said Thursday that she will not vote for Sen. 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.) to remain as leader.

“Yesterday I met with Harry Reid and told him I would not be supporting him for Minority Leader," McCaskill said in a statement to The Kansas City Star

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"I heard the voters of Missouri loud and clear. They want change in Washington. Common sense tells me that begins with changes in leadership,” she added.

Democrats are holding leadership elections on Thursday morning after a midterm drubbing that saw Republicans capture the upper chamber.

There is no known challenger to Reid, currently the majority leader, for minority leader in the next Congress. But Democrats are still frustrated after their heavy losses in the election.

"We have to do some serious soul-searching to ask why so many of our colleagues lost races," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told The Hill. "They were not bad public servants. They weren’t bad candidates. We have to ask why they lost."

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declined to commit to Reid when asked by Bloomberg on Wednesday. 

“I’m interested in hearing the discussion,” he said

On the House side, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to remain as minority leader, though Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) has called for delaying leadership elections to allow members to "take inventory."