McCaskill won’t back Reid for leader
© Greg Nash

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRand's reversal advances Pompeo Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote Donnelly becomes third Dem to support Pompeo MORE (D-Mo.) said Thursday that she will not vote for Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination 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."