US Senate runoff win would seal Republican triumph

US Senator Mary Landrieu speaks during a press conference on November 18, 2014US Senator Mary Landrieu, one of the last prominent elected Deep South Democrats, faces a fateful runoff vote Saturday in Louisiana, where political winds have shifted strongly in Republicans’ favor. It is the final Senate contest of the 2014 mid-term elections, which saw energized Republicans reclaim the Senate majority and expand their control in the House of Representatives. According to the vast majority of polls and analyst predictions, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy will defeat three-term Senator Landrieu and expand his party’s majority to 54 seats in the 100-member chamber when the new Congress convenes in January. “Landrieu appears doomed,” blared the headline from the latest prediction of University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato’s Center for Politics.

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