Landrieu re-elected to U.S. Senate

Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu fought off a strong effort from Republican challenger John Kennedy to win another term as the Louisiana’s U.S. Senator.

“Two years ago the pundits said that we wouldn’t be able to do this due to the ‘Katrina effect’,” she said. “Everybody was leaving Louisiana....but you know what, they came back.”

In a hard fought campaign, Landrieu at one point held a seemingly insurmountable lead in the polls only to watch the hard working Kennedy come back and make it a close race in the end.

The final tally had Landrieu, as of press time, with 51.44 percent of the votes with Kennedy following with 46.39 percent.

“I’d like to express my thanks to John Kennedy for running such a tough race,” said Landrieu.

Landrieu was the first woman from Louisiana to be elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate when she took office in 1996. She is presently the state’s senior senator and was recently ranked by the nonpartisan as the tenth most effective legislator in the Senate.

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