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Wash Post: Schumer Focused on Senate Majority Leader Job

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By    |   Monday, 17 Oct 2016 04:22 PM

Sen. Chuck Schumer has his eyes on the top post in the Senate if things go the Democrats' way next month.

Schumer, who has represented New York in the Senate chamber since 1999, is hoping his party can take the seats it needs to earn the majority — four if Hillary Clinton becomes president, five if Donald Trump wins. If that happens, he wants to serve as Senate majority leader.

According to The Washington Post, Schumer has been spending nearly every minute of his day helping Democrats in down-ballot races. If they win and, more importantly, if a handful of Senate candidates win, he'll be in line for a promotion.

"It's showing people that government can help them and be a force for good, which is what I want to try to do as majority leader. That, in a small way, is what I'm trying to do," Schumer told the Post.

The Post reports that Schumer has raised $25 million for his reelection campaign, in which he holds nearly a 40-point lead in the RealClear Politics polling average. He moved $6.2 million of his war chest to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

Schumer told the Post that if the Democrats can win the presidency in Clinton and also take over the Senate, he believes the American public will have more faith in what he said would be a productive Washington.

"If we're gridlocked for another four years, the anger and sourness in the land will make that of 2016 seem tame," he said. "So there's a moral imperative to restore faith in government and restore faith in America."

A CNN report earlier this month claimed the Senate races are so close that the chamber could be split — if the Democrats pick up for seats it will be 50-50 — for the first time in 15 years.

Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in August he is concerned that Republicans may lose control of the Senate

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