King to announce his decision on Senate allegiance Wednesday

Independent Sen.-elect Angus KingAngus Stanley KingIcebreaking ships are not America’s top priority in the Arctic Heckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families 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 Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary 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 SchumerDemocrats' education agenda would jeopardize state-level success Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal 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 CollinsSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senate moderates hunt for compromise on family separation bill MORE (R-Maine) on Tuesday to discuss plans to work together on Maine-centric issues moving forward, and he met with Reid on Monday.