Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has lost to Republican challenger Bill Cassidy in a runoff election that has given more strength to the Republican Party in the Senate.
Cassidy’s win means Republicans will now have a nine-seat majority in the Senate next year with 54 seats, and Democrats will control 46 seats.
In results long predicted by most analysts and news outlets, Cassidy, who presently serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, soundly beat Landrieu with about 58 percent of the vote versus Landrieu’s 42 percent with over 75 percent of precincts reporting Saturday, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s unofficial election results web page.
Last month, the Republicans won several crucial electoral victories across the country in their effort to retake the Senate.
Going into the first Tuesday of November, Louisiana’s Senate race was one of the closely watched races. However, after the GOP gained a majority of the Senate without announced results from the Bayou State, the Louisiana race fell to the wayside.