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    Mary Landrieu Obliterated In The Louisiana Senate Runoff - Deciding Vote on Obamacare

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    The Senator Who Was Deciding Vote on Obamacare Obliterated in Louisiana Senate Race to Give GOP...
    Cassidy defeats the last statewide elected Democrat in Louisiana and the last Democrat Senator in the South.|By Kevin Boyd

    Senator Mary Landrieu Obliterated In The Louisiana Senate Runoff to Give the GOP 54 Senators

    By Kevin Boyd (45 mins ago) | Elections, Nation, Politics

    Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy obliterated Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu in her bid for reelection in the final U.S. Senate race of the 2014 midterms. At the time of publication, Cassidy led Landrieu 58% to 42%.
    The decision calls for this race came very quickly. The crowdsourced Ace of Spades Decision Desk made a call just three minutes after Louisiana polls closed at 8PM CST.
    The AP would follow suit at 8:25 PM.
    This loss is nothing less than a repudiation of the three-term Senator Landrieu. One of the themes that now Senator-elect Cassidy hit upon was Senator Landrieu’s voting record, in which she voted with the unpopular President Obama 97% of the time. There was also the fact hers was the deciding vote for Obamacare (“Louisiana purchase,” anyone?).
    Since neither Landrieu or Cassidy got 50%+1 of the vote in November, the race was forced into a runoff. However, Landrieu ran what could be at best described as a bizarre runoff campaign. She started it by attacking Bill Cassidy over his response to Hurricane Katrina, even though he was not in Congress at the time.
    She then tried to pass the Keystone Pipeline in the lame duck session, even though she was Senate Energy Committee Chairman for the entire previous year. The Keystone Pipeline bill was defeated in the Senate when Democrats wouldn’t even support it.
    That’s when desperation appeared to set in. Landrieu tried to invent a scandal over Cassidy’s work as a part-time doctor for LSU. However, LSU denied Landrieu’s claims. Landrieu then resorted to blatant race-baiting to try and increase black turnout. Finally, Landrieu had a series of disastrous radio appearances on Shreveport and New Orleans talk radio.
    When the race was called, the Louisiana Republican Party posted this picture on Facebook.

    Louisianians decided that they wanted a change. As a result, they voted for a conservative Senator to represent them, not a Barack Obama clone. Senator-elect Cassidy will now have to live up to that promise over the next six years.
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    Cassidy trounces Landrieu in La. Senate runoff

    By Rebecca Berg | December 6, 2014 | 10:56 pm

    Louisiana Republican Senate candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., addresses supporters during his... Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy trounced Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s Senate runoff Saturday, picking up one last seat for Republicans in a 2014 midterm election season that saw commanding gains for the GOP.
    When the Associated Press called the race, Cassidy led Landrieu by nearly 30 points with 1 percent of precincts reporting. Cassidy's victory will give Republicans 54 seats in the Senate, with Democrats controlling 46.
    The result Saturday, Cassidy said, was an "exclamation mark on that message" voters sent nationwide last month with those commanding gains for Republicans.
    "We want our country to go in a conservative direction," Cassidy said, speaking in Baton Rouge.
    But Landrieu, during her concession speech in New Orleans, told supporters that she stood by her support for Obamacare, although it was one of the defining issues of this election cycle.
    "It is not over yet for healthcare," Landrieu said. "This is something to be proud of, and I’m glad we fought for it."
    Landrieu also said she was proud of "delivering for this state when it mattered most," including to secure disaster relief funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    "We may not have won tonight," Landrieu said, "but we have won some extraordinary victories."
    The result seemed a foregone conclusion even before polls closed. With public polling showing Cassidy with a double-digit lead over Landrieu, Cassidy decided to forego public events entirely on Election Day, instead opting to take a professional development course, CNN reported. Cassidy also traveled to Washington this week while the House was in session, taking him away from the campaign trail.
    Landrieu, meanwhile, in recent weeks pulled out all the stops to win, or at least go down swinging — culminating in a fight on the Senate floor last month to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a measure she has pushed on the Senate Energy Committee. The measure failed by one vote.
    A feisty three-term senator, Landrieu started the election cycle as one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents and anticipated a fight for her political life.
    “It’ll be a hell of a race,” Landrieu spokesman Matt Lehner told the Washington Examiner last year, “but she’s ready for it.”
    Ready or not, the race might have been out of Landrieu’s control from the beginning. She faced the drag from an unpopular president, in a state that has trended increasingly Republican, during what turned out to be a wave election for Republicans.
    Meanwhile, Landrieu for the first time could not count on lifesaving support from African-American voters, as she did in her last competitive runoff election, in 2002. Since then, Hurricane Katrina caused much of the population to disperse; and, in an election without Barack Obama on the ballot, many remaining black voters stayed home.
    Still, Democrats at first were optimistic, because Landrieu had prevailed in close races before, and because her name is part of a storied political legacy in Louisiana: Her father, Moon Landrieu, served as mayor of New Orleans, a post her brother Mitch now holds. Mary Landrieu, for her part, ran for her first elected office in Louisiana at age 23.
    Louisiana, however, has swiftly morphed from a Democratic state to a Republican one. During Landrieu’s runoff in 2002, her opponent, Suzanne Haik Terrell, was one of the few Republican officials serving statewide, and the only Republican woman ever to have held a statewide office. Now, Republicans command the entire statewide slate, with the exception of Landrieu.
    After Election Day in November, when Republicans won a majority in the Senate, Democrats decided the odds in the Louisiana Senate runoff were not in their favor. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee canceled its television advertising reservations, roughly $2.1 million worth. Landrieu was left to fend for herself.
    Hoping to turn out African-American voters, Landrieu performed a delicate dance: endeavoring to draw a stark contrast between herself and the president in most statements, but then touting his support for her in advertisements targeted toward the African-American community. In a conference call with supporters this week, Landrieu was joined by President Obama himself, who offered his endorsement — but her campaign would not confirm that the call even happened.
    But Landrieu did not shy from defending her stance on Obamacare, the other hot-button issue of this election cycle, in Louisiana as elsewhere. Throughout the race, Landrieu insisted she would vote again for the law today, although she said some changes could be made.
    Cassidy, a doctor by trade, harshly criticized Landrieu for those and other remarks, instead proposing the law be fully repealed and replaced.

    This story was first published at 9:38 p.m. and has been updated.
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