Republican John Kennedy Wins Louisiana Runoff Election for US Senate
GOP majorities in 115th Congress: 52-48 Senate, 241-194 House
Republican John Kennedy has won the Louisiana runoff race for Senate, and the GOP now holds a 52-48 majority in the Senate. Louisiana also elected two GOP House members, giving Republicans a 241-194 majority in the House.
Louisiana voters chose Saturday to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, filling the nation’s last Senate seat and giving the GOP a 52-48 edge in the chamber when the new term begins in January.
Kennedy had always been the runoff election’s front-runner in a state that overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump. He defeated Democrat Foster Campbell, a state utility regulator whose chances were seen as such a long-shot that national Democratic organizations offered little assistance to Campbell’s campaign.
As he celebrated the victory, Kennedy said he represented change in Washington.
“I believe that our future can be better than our present, but not if we keep going in the direction the Washington insiders have taken us the last eight years,” he said. “That’s about to change, folks.”
Voters also filled two open U.S. House seats Saturday, choosing Republican Clay Higgins, a former sheriff’s captain known as the “Cajun John Wayne,” in the 3rd District representing southwest and south central Louisiana and Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson in the 4th District covering northwest Louisiana.
President-elect Trump campaigned with Kennedy in Louisiana:
PLS RT: ONLY 1.5 HOURS LEFT TO #GeauxVote! Polls close today at 8:00PM. Find your Polling Place at https://t.co/Um7izfLaoS. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/YiQm6b1oQp
— John Neely Kennedy (@JohnKennedyLA) December 11, 2016
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