John Kennedy’s back: GOP pickup in Louisiana brings Senate majority to 52

John Kennedy’s back: GOP pickup in Louisiana brings Senate majority to 52
Louisiana's new Senator, Republican John Neely Kennedy. (Image: Wikipedia)

[Ed. – No, not that John Kennedy, dudes.  The Republican John Kennedy.]

Over in the Senate, Louisiana’s Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy crushed his Democratic opponent by 22 points in that state’s runoff election on Saturday. The runoff was triggered when no candidate won an outright majority on November 8, due to an extremely crowded field and Louisiana’s electoral system. Kennedy’s victory was expected in the red state that backed the GOP presidential ticket by 20 points. Mitch McConnell’s Republican majority now stands at 52-48. …

In the House of Representatives, the GOP held onto two Louisiana seats contested in runoffs. The Third District featured an all-Republican runoff, as neither of the top two vote-getters were Democrats. In the Fourth District, the Republican candidate battered the Democrat by 30 points. … Democrats were expected to make significant gains this year, even though recapturing the majority was widely considered to be a long shot. As it turned out, Paul Ryan’s lower chamber majority was barely dented at all, with Democrats picking up just five seats. The partisan split in the House will be a fairly commanding 241 to 194 in the GOP’s favor when the next Congress convenes in January.

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