2014-12-07T044130Z_1_LYNXMPEAB602A_RTROPTP_2_USA-ELECTIONS-SENATE-LOUISIANA

Republican challenger wins Louisiana Senate race

Republican Bill Cassidy addresses supporters with wife Laura after winning the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana in Baton RougeBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy handily won a Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff election on Saturday, capping big wins for his party in the Nov. 4 midterms at the expense of one of the chamber’s last remaining southern Democrats. Cassidy, whose victory swells the ranks of Republicans in the Senate to 54, defeated Mary Landrieu, a three-term incumbent who last month pushed hard for a Senate vote on approving the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast that came up just short. …

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