Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., (left) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at a ceremony last month at the U.S. Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Charles Schumer of New York stands a podium March 3 as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada looks on. Reid is backing Schumer to be his replacement as Democratic leader. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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With the enthusiastic backing of his caucus, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was reelected as the leader of the Senate Democrats this week following devastating midterm losses. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) during a news conference on a payroll tax cut compromise. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Lt. Dan Choi, center, stands with other protesters after handcuffing themselves to the fence outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, during a protest for gay-rights. The group demanded that President Obama keep his promise to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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