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Out Sen. Ed Murray Elected as Senate Majority Leader of Wash. State

Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

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.

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