GOP To Elect New Leadership?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Senate Democrats will hold their Senate Leadership elections during the week of December 5, giving them time to know which candidate has won the Georgia runoff and earned their party the Senate majority.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is projected to retain his role as the Senate Democratic leadership but whether he’ll be the Majority Leader depends on the Georgia runoff and Nevada midterm results.

Rules in the Democratic caucus detail that leadership is elected in December, with it likely to be held the week of December 5, enough time for the Georgia runoff to be decided.

Schumer isn’t the only one in Senate Democratic leadership expected to have an easy time retaining their position. None of the party’s three top leaders in the Senate are expected to have a challenger.

The roles include Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (Wash.).

Senators are waiting on results from Nevada’s elections and Georgia’s December 6 runoff.

In Nevada, Democratic Senate Candidate Mark Kelly leads Republican Blake Masters by 5.7 percentage points, with 83 percent of the vote counted.

A handful of Republicans, however, have called for the Senate GOP leadership vote to be postponed.

Those calling for the postponement of the GOP leadership vote until after the December 6 Georgia runoff include Senators Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Josh Hawley Mo.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), and Ted Cruz (Texas).

Rubio noted he wanted a postponement to ensure the “priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background)” were represented in the vote.