Election 2016 Has a Final Rebuke for Democrats
Republican John Kennedy wins runoff Senate race in Louisiana, giving GOP a 52-48 edge
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2016 9:07 AM CST
Democratic candidate Foster Campbell speaks to his supporters during the runoff US Senate election between Republican John Kennedy and Campbell in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.   (AP Photo/Sophia Germer)

(Newser) – There's a freshman senator named John Kennedy headed for Washington, DC, in January, but Democrats won't exactly be happy to see him: The Republican won a runoff race for a Louisiana Senate seat Saturday night, sending Democrat Foster Campbell packing and delivering a final rebuke to Democrats who had been hoping to turn the seat blue and hold the GOP to a 51-49 edge. The win "caps a year of historic Republican wins up and down the ballot," said the RNC co-chair in a statement. "And with 52 seats in the US Senate, we are excited for Republicans to confirm a conservative Supreme Court justice and begin working with President-elect Trump to pass an agenda of change for the American people." Kennedy is the state's treasurer and replaces retiring Sen. David Vitter, reports the Hill. He was the frontrunner in the race from the get-go, notes the AP.

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