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Murray expected to be new DSCC chair

Democratic sources confirm to First Read that Washington Sen. Patty Murray -- who narrowly won re-election earlier this month -- is expected to announce to colleagues today that she will be the next chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

With Democrats having many more seats in play in 2012 than Republicans -- Jim Webb (VA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Claire McCaskill (MO), and others are up for re-election this coming cycle -- the party had a difficult time recruiting someone to oversee the Senate elections in 2012.

Murray, though, has done this job before, serving as DSCC chair during the 2002 cycle.