Sen. Ed Murray elected as Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Senate Democrats have elected Sen. Ed Murray as their majority leader.

The decision was made at a caucus meeting in Seatac on Tuesday. Murray, D-Seattle, ran unopposed and was elected unanimously to the two-year term.

Other leadership positions in the caucus are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The vote comes with one key Senate race still close as vote-counts continue and which could head into a recount. Democrats currently hold a 27-22 majority in the Senate with at least two senators willing to cross party lines to side with Republicans. If Republicans maintain incumbent Sen. Don Benton's seat, Democrats will hold a narrower 26-23 majority.

Murray replaces former Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown of Spokane, who did not see re-election this year.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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