King to announce his decision on Senate allegiance Wednesday

Independent Sen.-elect Angus KingAngus Stanley KingFeinstein seeks contact with FBI informant in Russia nuclear bribery case Overnight Finance: Trump calls for ObamaCare mandate repeal, cuts to top tax rate | Trump to visit Capitol Hill in tax reform push | CBO can't do full score before vote | Bipartisan Senate bill would ease Dodd-Frank rules Overnight Regulation: Bipartisan Senate bill would curb Dodd-Frank rules | Opioid testing rule for transport workers finalized | Google faces state antitrust probe | Dems want investigation into FCC chief MORE (Maine) said he will tell reporters on Wednesday whether he will caucus with Democrats or Republicans in the 113th Congress.

“I’ll be discussing that with the press tomorrow,” he said Tuesday.

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The Independent, who won retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-Maine) seat last week, is expected to vote with Democrats, but he left the option to caucus with Republicans open during his campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor 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.

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJuan Williams: The politics of impeachment Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' 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 CollinsStates fill family caregiver void left by Congress GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal MORE (R-Maine) on Tuesday to discuss plans to work together on Maine-centric issues moving forward, and he met with Reid on Monday.