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AP: Bill Cassidy wins La. Senate seat

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Monday, December 08 2014 Dec 8, 2014 December 08, 2014 4:09 AM December 08, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Republican Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, giving the GOP another victory in the final election of the 2014 midterms.

Cassidy's win in Louisiana's Saturday runoff pushes the Republican's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and costs Democrats their last Senate seat in the Deep South.

In his victory speech, Cassidy thanked supporters in the audience and among the state's Republican party. He also pledged to work for all Louisianians, regardless of political affiliation.

Landrieu fought to make the election a referendum on her own performance rather than on President Barack Obama. But she was unable to win a fourth term against the wave of GOP gains across Southern states and the strong unpopularity of the president.

Cassidy portrayed his candidacy as a way for voters to cast another ballot against the policies of the president. That mirrored the winning campaign argument of Republicans who ousted Democratic incumbent senators in Arkansas and North Carolina.

Governor Bobby Jindal congratulated Cassidy in an emailed statement after the results were announced.

"Tonight, Louisianians rejected the rigid liberal ideology of President Obama and Mary Landrieu," Jindal said. "The President was right, his policies were on the ballot this year, and Mary Landrieu is those policies' latest victim."

Jindal was in Washington D. C. and is scheduled to appear on "Fox News Sunday" tomorrow.

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