GOP now controls all U.S. Senate seats, governors’ offices and state legislatures in the Deep South.
Bill Cassidy has done what Republicans have tried nearly 20 years to accomplish. He’s beaten Mary Landrieu to become Louisiana’s next United States senator.
Cassidy won 56 percent to 44 percent, with all precincts reporting. A doctor by profession, Cassidy spent most of his professional life working in the LSU charity hospital system. He served in the Louisiana Senate about two years before he was elected to Congress in 2008 over incumbent Democrat Don Cazayoux. He has represented the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District ever since.
Cassidy rode a wave of Republican support that swept the nation during the midterm elections. Voters in Louisiana were angry with President Barack Obama and his policies, particularly the Affordable Care Act. Cassidy used Landrieu’s vote for the law against her to motive people to oust her from office.
Landrieu, who has served for three terms, attempted to make the race about her record of delivering for the state, but she couldn’t shake the Obama connection. Saturday’s election might have brought an end to her political career that began in the Louisiana legislature when she was just 25 years old. The daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, she has spent her entire life in the public eye as a member of one of the state’s most prominent families.
Landrieu’s seat was the last to fall and now the GOP controls all U.S. Senate seats, governors’ offices and state legislatures in the Deep South. Cassidy is just the second Republican in Louisiana elected to the Senate since Reconstruction, the first being Sen. David Vitter in 2004.
Republicans now hold every statewide elected office in Louisiana.