Washington Post, By Sean Sullivan, December 6
Republicans put the finishing touches on a triumphant midterm election by picking up a ninth Senate seat Saturday when Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) defeated Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in a runoff election.
Landrieu’s loss means there will be no Democratic senators from the Deep South when the new Congress is sworn in early next year. It will end Landrieu’s tenure in the Senate after three terms and deprives Democrats of holding a single statewide elected office in Louisiana.
With most precincts reporting, Cassidy led Landrieu by about 14 percentage points. The Associated Press called the race for Cassidy shortly after polls closed in the evening.
Cassidy’s win comes after Republicans swept into power in the Senate on Nov. 4, picking up eight Democratic-held seats without surrendering any of their own. In Louisiana’s all-party Senate primary that day, no candidate received a majority of the vote, triggering the runoff.
Republican challenger wins Louisiana Senate race
Reuters, By Jonathan Kaminsky, December 7
New Orleans – Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy handily won a Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff election on Saturday, capping big wins for his party in the Nov. 4 midterms at the expense of one of the chamber’s last remaining southern Democrats.
Cassidy, whose victory swells the ranks of Republicans in the Senate to 54, defeated Mary Landrieu, a three-term incumbent who last month pushed hard for a Senate vote on approving the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast that came up just short.
“This victory happened because people in Louisiana voted for a government which serves us but does not tell us what to do,” Cassidy told a jubilant crowd in Baton Rouge.
Cassidy becomes the ninth Republican to capture a previously Democratic seat this year in a runoff held because no candidate secured a majority in the Nov. 4 open primary.