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Reid Says Senate Eyeing Wednesday Exit

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate could finish up its work sometime Wednesday evening to allow anxious Members to go home to campaign.

The Nevada Democrat, who is up for re-election this year, conceded that he, too, is looking forward to getting home. Reid expressed confidence that he would beat Republican challenger Sharron Angle, a former state assemblywoman. Reid leads Angle by 1.4 points, according to the latest average of all surveys take from Sept. 10 through Tuesday.

“We’re feeling quite good. We’ve got a great campaign organization,” Reid told reporters following the Democrats’ weekly caucus lunch. “I’ll really be glad to get home. I’ve spent a lot of time here working through the procedural morass that the Senate has become.”

“We’re sure going to try,” Reid added, when asked if the Senate would complete its work Wednesday night. Remaining on the agenda are a continuing resolution that would keep the federal government operating beyond Thursday, the last day of the fiscal year.

Reid said he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were still negotiating amendments for the CR, as well as what other legislation might clear before the Senate adjourns.

“We may not agree on much,” Reid said. “But I think with rare exception, all 100 Senators want to get out of here and get back to their states.”