Posted: 11:20 am Saturday, December 10th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The 2016 campaign comes to an end on this Saturday in Louisiana, as the state holds a runoff election for a U.S. Senate seat, and two U.S. House races, as Republicans led by their President-Elect try to avoid any election surprise that would trump back the GOP majorities in Congress next year.
The Senate race features GOP state treasurer John Kennedy, running against Democrat Foster Campbell. The polls have given Kennedy a solid advantage, but we have learned to avoid leaning too heavily on polling data once again this year.
GOP poised for sweep in Louisiana tomorrow. John Kennedy will win big in US Senate race. Trump visit helps!
— Jim Ellis (@ellisinsight) December 9, 2016
Along with the Senate race, two U.S. House races are on the ballot in the Bayou State today – the GOP assured of victory in one, and favored in the other.
In the Third District, two Republicans are vying to follow Rep. Charles Boustany, who failed to get into the runoff for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat.
In the Fourth District, Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson is favored to win the seat vacated by Rep. John Fleming, who also was defeated in a bid for Senate.
If Republicans win both of those House seats – as expected – that will give the GOP a 241 to 194 edge in the 115th Congress.
A GOP victory for Senate would cement a 52-48 advantage for Republicans.
President-Elect Trump went to Louisiana on Friday, just to make sure voters push those GOP candidates to victory on Saturday.
Trump: If John Kennedy doesn’t win the Senate seat in Louisiana, “I’ve got myself a problem in Washington” https://t.co/L0E542tG5u
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 9, 2016
Democrats really didn’t do much on behalf of Foster Campbell, and that has left some on the liberal side of the ledger a bit aggravated.
Dems missed such an opportunity not focusing all their November/December attention on the Louisiana Senate race. Big Fail.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 9, 2016
Here's my question:Why isn't the entire DEM party in Louisiana this week GOTV for the last Senate seat available?
49/51 better than 48/52
— (((antonio5591))) (@antonio5591) December 4, 2016
So, on this Saturday, the 2016 elections end for Congress
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.