Harry Reid's exit could have ignited a scramble to fill the power vacuum among Senate Democrats.
But the Nevada senator is doing his best to avoid what he called a "knock-down, drag-out fight" by endorsing Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat better known as Chuck, who has been Reid's top lieutenant for years.
"He will be elected to replace me in 22 months," Reid told KNPR about Schumer. "One reason that will happen is because I want him to be my replacement."
Reid called Schumer "a brilliant man" and "a tremendous asset."