Saturday, December 6, 2014

Your Roving Reporter :Cassidy defeats Landrieu in Louisiana Senate race, bolstering GOP majority in new Senate

MELINDA DESLATTE  December 6th 2014  9:44 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term and extending the GOP's domination of the 2014 midterm elections that put Republicans in charge of Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Barack Obama's tenure.

With Cassidy's victory, the GOP will hold 54 seats when the Senate convenes in January, nine more than they have now. Republican victories in two Louisiana House districts Saturday - including the seat Cassidy now holds - ensure at least 246 seats, compared to 188 for Democrats, the largest GOP advantage since the Truman administration after World War II. An Arizona recount leaves one race still outstanding.

In Louisiana, early returns showed Cassidy with a wide lead.
Landrieu had narrowly led a Nov. 4 primary ballot that included eight candidates from all parties. But at 42 percent, she fell well below her marks in previous races, leaving the incumbent scrambling in a one-month runoff campaign that Republicans dominated via the air waves while national Democrats financially abandoned her effort.

Landrieu's defeat is a blow for one of Louisiana's most famous political families, leaving her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, to carry the banner. The GOP sweep also denied former Gov. Edwin Edwards a political comeback; the colorful 87-year-old politician, who had served four terms as governor, sought to regain public office after serving eight years in federal prison on corruption charges.

In the South, Democrats will be left without a single governor or U.S. senator across nine states stretching from the Carolinas to Texas. And the House delegations from the same region are divided almost entirely by race, with white Republicans representing majority-white districts, while majority non-white districts are represented by black or Hispanic Democrats.

The Louisiana Senate race mirrored contests in other states Obama lost in 2012, with Landrieu, 59, joining Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor in defeat. Democrats ceded seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia after incumbents opted not to run again.

Like victorious Republicans in those races, Cassidy, 57, made his bid against Landrieu as more about Obama than about his own vision for the job. An Illinois native, Cassidy made few public appearances during the runoff, seeking to avoid missteps that could change the race.

But in a state where 73 percent of white voters on Nov. 4 told pollsters they "strongly disapproved" of the president, that was enough to prevent Landrieu from finding her footing. Cassidy also enjoyed a prodigious advertising advantage in the runoff: Of every dollar spent by outside groups during the one-month runoff, 97 cents benefited the congressman.

Landrieu tried several messages over the course of her losing effort.

Most recently, she had hammered Cassidy as unfit for the job and interested more in partisanship than helping Louisiana. She directed her most pointed criticism at Cassidy's medical teaching job with the Louisiana State University hospital system. Calling Cassidy "Dr. Double Dip," Landrieu suggested the congressman collected a $20,000, taxpayer-funded salary for little or no work, describing gaps and discrepancies in Cassidy's LSU timesheets. LSU said it's looking into the timesheet questions.

She argued that the race shouldn't be about Obama, but also targeted advertising on radio stations geared to the black community, where the president remains popular.

Her anchor argument was that her seniority was a boon for Louisiana, particularly her chairmanship of the Senate's energy committee, an important panel for this oil-rich state.

Your Roving Reporter 


  1. Good morning,
    This is a good example at how ignorant and racist many Louisianans are.

    1 . Louisiana is among the top five unhealthiest states in America but are against Obamacare, even though it is working in every state that is fully implementing it.

    2 . Louisiana ranks among the highest states with HIV/AIDS cases (Baton Rouge, New Orleans) yet they voted against teaching sex education to students.

    3 . Louisiana is one of the most conversative states in the nation but have one of the gayest holidays( Mardi Gras).

    4 . Landrieu like President Obama was for increasing the minimum, the Affordable Care Act which is helping millions of Americans, equal pay for women, increasing pell grants for students, and lowering the interest rates of student loans.

    5 . Cassidy is against all of those things and only votes on what the KOCH brothers tell him to vote for. And 'STOP the BS' about hating Obamacare because it's working. You guys come into the hospitals and clinics all the time using it.

    Mary is an shinning example of what is wrong with the Democratic party.
    It has lost its backbone and allows itself to be defined by the right.
    If she had run on what the party has accomplished since the 2008 elections and asked the question... "what has the republican party done for you lately"
    She would have won, no one likes a wimp.

    Well done 'Rovering Reporter'

    Just my humble opinion

  2. Good evening my son ,
    You always look at things outside the box and have logical answers .
    I do so agree with you that most people is blaming Obama for all the democrats losing their seats. Maybe the next black or brown man that gets to be President will learn from this .

    The Republicans will not mess with the red man because he will go on the warpath and scrape them . (laughing my butt off) them

    My dear son your comment made more sense than a lot of crap I heard today .
    Thank you my son .
    The Rovering Reporter