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March 29, 2015 10:47 am

Harry Reid Announces Retirement From Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Photo: Screenshot.

Washington Post – Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday morning that he would not seek reelection in 2016, following a violent accident on New Year’s Day that has left his vision impaired in his right eye.

Reid, 75, was already being targeted by Republicans after five terms in the Senate and likely faced one of the more difficult elections of any incumbent in November 2016. His departure at the end of the term could set off a scramble among his top lieutenants to succeed one of the longest-serving floor leaders in Senate history, whose legacy is likely to be very intertwined with President Obama’s for his ability to shepherd the Affordable Care Act and other key Obama initiatives into law.

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