WASHINGTON — With his term set to expire Jan. 31, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's future was unclear on Friday as Senate Democratic leaders scrambled to save his nomination.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was forced to canvass members of his caucus to see how many would support the Fed chief's nomination to a second, four-year term. Sen. Tim Johnson, who will likely take charge of the Senate Banking Committee next year, pressed colleagues to support Bernanke.

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