Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (Chip Somodevilla-Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says in a new interview that he would like as Senate majority leader potentially through another full six-year term in the Senate.

"I don’t want to do it more than eight more years," Reid told Roll Call.

Reid faces what is likely to be a very difficult reelection bid in 2016, with popular Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) being mentioned as a potential opponent.

To continue serving as majority leader, Reid would need to win that race and, of course, the Democrats would need to stay in the majority.

Reid turned 74 this month and will be 77 shortly after his 2016 campaign — meaning he would be serving well into his early 80s, making him the oldest serving Senate majority leader ever.

Reid's words won't provide much solace for would-be Democratic successors — most notably Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — who would face a choice between waiting for Reid to step down or launching a rare challenge to him in a leadership race.

For more on Reid's 2016 race, see here:

The Senate majority leader is up for reelection in 2016—and a popular Republican may have just hinted that he's open to running. (Natalie Jennings/The Washington Post)