Cassidy, a doctor who still practices, was leading Landrieu, 65 percent to 35 percent when the Associated Press called the race 30 minutes after polls closed. Republicans also retained two House seats in additional runoff races. UPDATE: With nearly all the ballots counted, Cassidy led Landrieu by 14 points, 57 percent to 43 percent.
Landrieu has a history of winning races that seemed unwinnable. But this time, she was overwhelmed by the GOP wave that gave Republicans seven seats on election night. Landrieu and Cassidy were forced into a runoff after neither secured 50 percent of the vote, as Louisiana requires, to win outright.
The extended campaign created problems for Landrieu. Democrats no longer had any hope of taking a majority in the Senate, and her race became something of a postscript. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pulled its ad reservations in support of Landrieu. Republican groups outspent Democratic groups in the runoff by monumental proportions, accounting for 97 cents of every dollar spent on the race, according to The Associated Press. Roll Call
With a Republican House and Senate, the Obama Administration should have a fight on its hand to implement its executive overreach plans for immigration and Obamacare. The big question is, can John Boehner and Mitch McConnell be trusted? The Establishment GOP’s RINO, big government, crony capitalist tendencies will need to be curbed. Let’s hope the 114th Congress breathes some liberty back into the system.