Breaking down election results
BATON ROUGE - The results are in, but what does it all mean? LSU's Bob Mann joined us on 2une In this morning to breakdown Tuesday's biggest races, as well as December's runoffs.
One of the most intriguing races is for Louisiana's seat in the U.S. Senate. Three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy both beat out Tea Party favorite Rob Maness. Neither received 50% of the vote, so they'll campaign for another month ahead of the December 6th runoff election.
"Cassidy did about as well as I thought he would, but the real surprise is that Mary Landrieu did worse than a lot of people expected," Mann opines. "Many people thought that she was going to get about 45% of the vote, so the fact that she got in the low 40's shows that it's going to a really tough month for her."
Mann believes Cassidy has the advantage in the race, unless everything goes right for Landrieu. He says the fact that Republicans already clinched control of the Senate actually works in her favor.
"It takes it from being a nationally race to being more of a local race, which benefits Landrieu, but it's still going to be tough race," he explains.
There's also a runoff for the 6th Congressional District seat Cassidy vacated to challenge Landrieu. That race features former governor Edwin Edwards and former coastal restoration official Garret Graves. Mann says Edwards is fighting a losing battle.
"This is the 24th most republican congressional district in the country, and Mary Landrieu only received 18% of the white vote there," he said. "If you can show me how Edwards is going to receive twice as many white votes as she did, then I'll believe it, but I don't think that's possible."
In the video, Mann also discusses the Republican sweep nationwide.