The debate over Lieberman is expected to be the most dramatic in what would otherwise be a lackluster leadership election. Democrats picked up at least six Senate seats this year with the potential for three more once races in Alaska, Minnesota and Georgia are decided and are set to re-elect their entire leadership slate by acclamation.
Reid (Nev.), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.) are all expected to retain their posts.
Aides said they do not expect the chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to be resolved by today. Schumer, the current chairman, has indicated that he does not want to seek an unprecedented third term atop the campaign arm, but has not made that official, saying he wants to wait until the races in Alaska, Minnesota and Georgia are resolved before he makes a decision.
Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), who is currently vice chairman of the DSCC, is the most likely candidate to replace Schumer for the 2010 election cycle, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) has been mentioned as well.