Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states.
Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms.
Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner. If Cassidy is successful, his win would push the GOP's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and cost Democrats their last Senate seat in the Deep South.
Landrieu fought to make the election a referendum on her own performance rather than on President Barack Obama. But Cassidy portrayed his candidacy as a way for voters to cast another ballot against the policies of the president, who is highly unpopular in Louisiana.Also on the ballot today, Republican Garret Graves and former governor Edwin Edwards vying for a seat in congress to represent Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District.
Edwards is trying to return to politics after he spent time in federal prison for racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy convictions.
Graves was the chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for six years and represented the state in negotiations with BP after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Polls are open until 8 p.m.