Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today he's "confident" Democrats will hold on to Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) seat in 2010.

Reid made the comments in a statement on Bayh's retirement:

"Evan Bayh has been a strong voice for Indiana for many years and I thank him for his service.  I respect his decision to step aside and look forward to continuing working with him to create jobs, strengthen the economy and keep our country safe throughout the remainder of his term. I am also confident that the efforts of Senator Bayh along with those of the DSCC will keep this seat in the Democratic Caucus.”

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said earlier today he will consider a campaign to replace Bayh. Ellsworth would face former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), who launched his campaign before Bayh's announcement.