Dems’ final insult: Landrieu crushed

Cassidy trounces incumbent with Republicans set to control 54 Senate seats in the next Congress.

James Hohmann

In the final insult of a devastating 2014 election for Democrats, Sen. Mary Landrieu, the party’s last remaining statewide officeholder from the Deep South, was trounced Saturday in the head-to-head Louisiana Senate runoff election.

Republican Bill Cassidy’s resounding victory is the ninth Senate seat picked up by the GOP in this year’s elections, three more than the party needed to take control of the chamber. That gives them a four-seat cushion going into 2016, when the party is seeking to protect its first Senate majority since 2006. The next election cycle’s Senate map is as bad for Republicans as this year’s was for Democrats, with the GOP forced to defend seven seats in states President Barack Obama carried twice…

…Cassidy, a medical doctor, first elected to a Baton Rouge-area congressional seat in 2008, ran an uninspiring but mistake-free campaign that capitalized on increasing hostility to the Democratic party in Louisiana and throughout the Deep South…



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RelatedAnother Tea Party Victory as Lois Kolkhorst Wins SD 18

AUSTIN, Texas — State Representative Lois Kolkhorst has won the special election for Senate District 18 outright, with a large enough margin to avoid a runoff.

Kolkhorst took an early lead in early voting, 55 percent to businessman Gary Gates’ 34 percent, along three other contenders who won single digit percentages, and that margin held as the votes from Election Day were tallied. The final count after 100 percent of the precincts had reported was 55.69 percent for Kolkhorst and 34.21 percent for Gates. Turnout was higher than both campaigns expected.

The SD18 seat became open after the district’s current Senator, Glenn Hegar, won election to be Texas’ next Comptroller in the November elections…

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