Schumer Rides Out Last Three Races at DSCC

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will stay in the position at least until the still-pending races in Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota are concluded.

Schumer's future chairmanship had been the focus of intense speculation leading up to the election, and Schumer himself had consistently told reporters that he wouldn't begin considering his future plans "until the day after the election."

Now, the unfinished races will delay that decision, two sources close to Schumer told The Hill on Thursday. GOP incumbent Saxby Chambliss is facing a possible runoff election in the Peach State against Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

A recount is coming in Minnesota GOP incumbent Norm Coleman leads Democrat Al Franken by a tiny margin of 42 percent to 41.97 percent, according to the state's Secretary of State office.

And Alaska GOP Sen. Ted Stevens, who was convicted last month on seven charges concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and home renovations, was barely ahead of Democrat Mark Begich, 48-49 percent with 99 percent of the vote counted.

"He's not going to want to leave until he sees that through," one source said of Schumer.

Schumer has led the DSCC through two election cycles.

- J. Taylor Rushing

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