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This is great news for Republicans in Louisiana!
A Republican candidate late Saturday won a special election for a Louisiana state Senate seat, according to unofficial returns, a result that if certified would give the GOP control of the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.
The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office reported on its website that Republican state Rep. Jonathan Perry narrowly defeated Democrat Nathan Granger in the race to fill a vacant state Senate seat. Unofficial returns show Perry receiving 52 percent of the vote to Granger’s 48 percent, with all 106 precincts reporting.
The contest was closely watched because the state Senate is currently split, with 19 Republicans and 19 Democrats. After a number of party switches, Republicans recently took control of the state House. Republican Bobby Jindal is the governor.
A Louisiana elections official said the state Senate results still must be certified and can be contested until Feb. 28.
New Orleans’ News Talk WWL reported:
“Just to put it in some perspective, in 1976, Democrats held a 38-to-1 advantage in the state senate. So, this has been a long time coming. It marks Louisiana becoming a fully Republican state,” says University of Louisiana Political Science Professor Pearson Cross.
How unpopular is Obama in Louisiana?
According to John Maginnis of LA Politics Weekly – not very:
The decisive factor could have been charges raised by the state Republican Party in the final week that Granger’s campaign employed an former organizer for President Obama.
Hat tip: Charles B.