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Jon Tester named new DSCC chairman

Tester and the Democratic party will be preparing for 2016 by "going out and finding candidates that can lead, that can win, that can advocate for the middle class in their elections."

By Aileen Graef
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has been appointed chairman of the DSCC to help Democrats win back the Senate in 2016. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has been appointed chairman of the DSCC to help Democrats win back the Senate in 2016. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has been named the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to lead the charge to win back the Senate in 2016.

Senate Democrats took a shellacking in the November midterms with Republicans possibly having a nine-seat net gain. This beating has the Democrats, and more specifically the DSCC, looking toward the 2016 elections.

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"We'll look at the map. Every seat that there's a race, I think we've got a chance at picking it up," Tester told reporters Thursday.

He said his goal will be "going out and finding candidates that can lead, that can win, that can advocate for the middle class in their elections."

Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will remain as leader of the party in the Senate and endorsed Tester for the position.

"Jon Tester knows how to win tough races and will have the trust and loyalty of the entire Democratic caucus behind him in our fight to take back the majority in 2016," he said in statement. "I'm extremely confident in Jon's ability to lead our effort to elect new Democratic leaders and reelect our incumbents across the country who will stand up for the people of their state and fight for American middle class families."

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