Saturday, December 10, 2016
Add One More to the Right Side of the Aisle
Louisiana voters have chosen Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to fill the state's open U.S. Senate seat, giving the GOP a 52-48 edge in the chamber. Saturday's election settled the nation's last Senate seat for the term beginning in January. Kennedy was the front-runner the entire run-off campaign.
He defeated Democrat Foster Campbell, the state utility regulator going away by 30+ points. The victory was a long-sought one for Kennedy, an Oxford-educated lawyer in his fifth term as treasurer. Kennedy had tried unsuccessfully twice before to win a U.S. Senate seat, running first in 2004.
No democrat now holds a Senate seat in any of the Southern States. Republicans swept all three Louisiana congressional run-off races in todays vote.