Hat/Tip to Todd Beamon at Newsmax.
The GOP just extended their majority in the Senate by one more seat, insuring that 54 Republican Senators will rule the “World’s Most Deliberative Body” beginning in 2015.
In the last race of the 2014 election cycle, Rep. Bill Cassidy easily trounced incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu on Saturday in a heated Louisiana runoff race that expanded Republican control of the Senate in January and made the longtime dominance of the Democratic Party in the south a distant memory.
“God Bless America,” Cassidy told cheering supporters at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. “We have a lot of work to do.”
“This victory belongs to you,” he said. Cassidy was surrounded by his wife and family.
“This victory happened because the people in Louisiana voted for a government that serves you and doesn’t tell us what to do.”
The Associated Press called the race for Cassidy, who had served three terms in the House, within a half-hour of the polls closing. He was ahead of the three-term Landrieu, 57 percent to 43 percent, with 98 percent of the votes counted, according to C-SPAN.
The runoff was required because neither candidate won 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 election.
Cassidy, 57, is an associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University.
The GOP victories in 2014 are shaping up to be very historic, let’s just hope the Republicans govern that way.
Landrieu’s defeat after 18 years in the Senate dealt a crushing blow to a New Orleans political dynasty. Her brother, Mitch, is the city’s mayor — and the Bayou State now has no woman who has been elected to office statewide for the first time in 54 years.
More broadly, Cassidy’s victory made Democratic dominance in a region spanning from Texas to North Carolina a distant memory.
In 1962, every senator and a huge majority of House members from the south was a Democrat, Politico reports. In January, Democrats will control 39 of 149 Southern congressional seats, fewer than at any time since Reconstruction.
Republicans also won each of the seven governor’s races in the South this year and increased their majorities in state legislatures across the region.
Two incumbent Democrats, in Arkansas and North Carolina, were among those to lose their Senate races last month. Three other Democrats lost Senate races in southern states.
“You have some Democrats, but in terms of white Democrats, you have very few,” Towery told Newsmax. “That’s a disappearing part of the landscape.”
He likened this year’s Republican onslaught in the region to those of Richard Nixon in 1968 with his “southern strategy” and Ronald Reagan’s in 1980.
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