The 2016 campaign comes to an end on this Saturday in Louisiana, as the state holds a runoff election for a U.S. Senate seat, and two U.S. House races, as Republicans led by their President-Elect try to avoid any election surprise that would trump back the GOP majorities in Congress next year.
The Senate race features GOP state treasurer John Kennedy, running against Democrat Foster Campbell. The polls have given Kennedy a solid advantage, but we have learned to avoid leaning too heavily on polling data once again this year.
Along with the Senate race, two U.S. House races are on the ballot in the Bayou State today – the GOP assured of victory in one, and favored in the other.
In the Third District, two Republicans are vying to follow Rep. Charles Boustany, who failed to get into the runoff for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat.
In the Fourth District, Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson is favored to win the seat vacated by Rep. John Fleming, who also was defeated in a bid for Senate.
If Republicans win both of those House seats – as expected – that will give the GOP a 241 to 194 edge in the 115th Congress.
A GOP victory for Senate would cement a 52-48 advantage for Republicans.
President-Elect Trump went to Louisiana on Friday, just to make sure voters push those GOP candidates to victory on Saturday.
Democrats really didn’t do much on behalf of Foster Campbell, and that has left some on the liberal side of the ledger a bit aggravated.
So, on this Saturday, the 2016 elections end for Congress