GOP loses state Senate seat, but picks up 2 spots in House
BATON ROUGE - Republicans have narrowly lost their super-majority in the state Senate after the weekend's runoff election.
Democrats picked up a Senate seat Saturday. The chamber's GOP membership will drop from 26 to 25 in January, keeping Republicans short of the two-thirds bloc required to pass certain types of financial legislation.
But Republicans remain firmly in the majority in both the Senate and the state House. They made gains in the House, picking up two seats.
Sixty-one Republicans will be in the House for the next term, along with 42 Democrats and two unaffiliated with a political party.
Majorities in both chambers were decided before the fall elections, when many incumbents didn't draw competition or their challengers dropped out.
No senator who sought re-election was ousted, but six House incumbents were defeated.