Durbin signals he will run for reelection

Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks McConnell: 'Past time' for immigration-border security deal MORE (Ill.) on Sunday signaled he will likely run for reelection, saying he is raising money and trying to lose weight ahead of a possible 2020 race for a fifth term.

“I can tell people that I’m raising money and trying to lose some weight, that’s usually the first indication that you’re up for reelection,” Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked about running for another term.

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Speculation has swirled around Durbin’s possible retirement since Election Day.

He and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (N.Y.) were long seen as rivals to succeed former Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSanders courts GOP voters with 'Medicare for All' plan Glamorization of the filibuster must end Schumer won't rule out killing filibuster MORE (Nev.).

Schumer leapfrogged Durbin to become the Democratic leader and it was speculated that he might want to replace the Illinois lawmaker with a longtime ally, such as Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowDemocratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer We can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit MORE (D-Mich.), a former chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Durbin, however, has doggedly worked to push the Democratic message on the Senate floor and in media appearances. He also has emerged as an influential negotiator on issues under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee such as immigration reform.

The No. 2-ranking Democrat in the Senate recently scored a major victory by spearheading the passage of criminal justice reform. President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE signed the legislation into law Friday, one of the biggest bipartisan accomplishments of the 115th Congress.

He reported $1.68 billion in cash on hand in his campaign account at the end of September.