Republicans sweep final races for Congress in 2016
Posted: 10:02 pm Saturday, December 10th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The voters of Louisiana did not take any sort of detour in their final runoff elections for Congress on Saturday, as they overwhelmingly voted to keep a U.S. Senate seat in Republican hands, and elected a candidate to Congress who seemed to channel Donald Trump, known as the “Cajun John Wayne.”
Elected to the U.S. Senate was Republican state treasurer John Kennedy; his win gives the GOP a 52-48 seat advantage when the Senate convenes in January.
I spent Friday campaigning with John Kennedy, of the Great State of Louisiana, for the U.S.Senate. The election is over – JOHN WON!
Some more liberal groups had complained that national Democrats were wrong to ignore the race, hoping to harness a possible backlash against President-Elect Trump, but there was no sign of any such momentum for the Democrats in the Bayou State.
It’s possible Democrats may lose a seat in the Senate in coming weeks, if Mr. Trump picks Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for a Cabinet position. Her home state of North Dakota has a Republican Governor, who would then be able to appoint someone from his party to that Senate seat.