11/12/2010 01:48 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Bennet Asked To Lead DSCC By Harry Reid

UPDATE: The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports that Bennet has declined to serve as DSCC chair.

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Politico is citing a "senior Senate Democratic source" in reporting that Harry Reid has asked Colorado Senator Michael Bennet to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

Bennet has not yet said whether he would head the Committee, which is responsible for helping elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate.

Bennet was appointed to replace current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate in early 2009. He recently won a narrow reelection victory, the first electoral win of his career.

Senators Mark Udall (Colorado), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Mark Begich (Alaska), Patty Murray (Washington) and Kay Hagan (North Carolina) have also been rumored to be in the running for the position.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, 2012 will be of critical importance for Senate Democrats, as 23 Democrats--many from moderate and conservative states--will be facing reelection.