Al Franken is expected to win Minnesota's Senate race and President Obama nominated Republican Senator Judd Gregg to be Commerce Secretary.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch will appoint Gregg's replacement to the Senate upon Gregg's confirmation.
By appointing a Democrat, the Senate would have a filibuster-proof "Super Majority" and Republicans would have no means to block any radical socialist legislation introduced.
CONCORD, N.H. -Two sources involved in discussions about replacing New Hampshire GOP Sen. Judd Gregg say Gov. John Lynch will appoint Republican Bonnie Newman to replace Gregg.
The sources asked not to be identified because neither was authorized to speak before Lynch's announcement. President Obama is to nominate Gregg to be U.S. commerce secretary, but Gregg has said he would leave the Senate only if the balance of power there is maintained.
Newman was Gregg's former chief of staff and has held prominent leadership positions in government, higher education and the private sector.