The question of where Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut fits within the party structure in the Senate is now apparently closed. The Senate Democratic Conference, in a secret ballot, voted 42-13 to retain him as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs.
His status has been in question since he was reelected as an Independent in 2006, and then endorsed Republican John McCain for president in 2008.
Now, both Lieberman and a majority of Senate Democrats have signaled their intent that he continue to caucus with the Democrats. That means that the Senate Democratic Conference will have at least 57 members, pending resolution of the Georgia, Alaska and Minnesota Senate races.