Updated 9:10 p.m. ET
Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, will succeed the late Sen. Daniel Inouye - counter to Inouye's wishes - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, announced today. Schatz will fly to Washington, D.C., with President Obama on Air Force One tonight and is expected to be sworn in on Thursday.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged Abercrombie to appoint a successor "with due haste," because Democrats want to have a full roster for critical "fiscal cliff" votes coming up as soon as Friday. When Inouye's successor is sworn in, Democrats will hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate through the end of the year.Continue »