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The Louisiana Senate race is headed to a runoff. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu will face Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in the December 6th general election. Neither candidate will to receive 50 percent of the vote because a third candidate, Republican Rob Maness, received some support.
While the outcome of the race will determine Landrieu's political fate, it won't have any impact on control of the Senate as Republicans won the necessary six seats to gain the majority.
Republicans predict that a face-to-face race between Landrieu and Cassidy is beneficial for Cassidy as Maness voters are expected to back Cassidy.
Landrieu, the daughter of a former New Orleans mayor and the sister of the current one, has bucked the state’s rightward trend in the last two elections, holding on to her seat despite decreasing shares of the vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Affordable Care Act and energy issues loomed large throughout the campaign, as foes tried to tie her to the unpopular president.
Cassidy, a doctor and Republican representative known more for his policy expertise than for fiery speeches, was targeted throughout the race by Democrats, largely for his support for raising the Social Security retirement age.
- Carrie Dann