Louisiana Joins 32 States With Same-Party Senators

The election of Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) to the Senate on Dec. 6 makes Louisiana the 33rd state where both U.S. senators are from the same parties.  Here’s the list, and how long it’s been effective: TWO REPUBLICANS (18): Alabama (1996):  Jeff Sessions (R) elected to replace the retiring Sen. Howell Heflin (D). Alaska (2014):  …

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No Longer: Deep South Democratic Senators

With Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) losing her seat to Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in the Dec. 6 runoff, Democratic senators are now completely shut out of representation in the Deep South for the first time in history. Here is the last time Democrats held Senate seats in Deep South states: Alabama 1996 — Sen. Howell …

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Once, All Eyes Were On Today’s La. Runoff

Think way way back, back to October 2014, when we still weren’t sure how the midterm elections would turn out.  One of the unknowns at the time was which party would wind up controlling the Senate.  And one of the uncertainties was wow, wouldn’t it be something if we didn’t know who would win control …

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Contribute to our December Specials!

Well, it’s been a long year of following midterm candidates, tracking polls, analyzing political controversies, and scuttling buttons. Now that December is upon us, we’ve got a couple of special episodes coming later this month to take a look back at the year 2014 on the Political Junkie, and we want to invite you to …

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Those Still Uncalled 2014 Races

We left you last week with a handful of races that hadn’t been called.  Here’s the latest update: CALLED: Alaska Senate — Dan Sullivan (R) was declared the winner over Democratic incumbent Mark Begich on Nov. 12.  He held a lead of about 8,000 votes; even though there are thousands still to be counted, the …

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Who Dat? – G

The elections are over.  Winners have been congratulated, losers have been consoled.  It’s time to relax. WRONG!!  There are all these campaign buttons that need identifying. Every so often we come across campaign buttons for candidates we’ve never heard of.  How do we identify who they are?  And when we see a “Smith for Congress” …

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The Lessons Of 2014

The votes are still being counted in a handful of races around the country, the winners are still basking in their victories, the losers are trying to figure out what went wrong.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped those from already obsessing over 2016.  We’ll have plenty of time to prepare for those elections, both presidential …

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2014 Predictions: GOP +7 In Senate, +12 In House

I love the uncertainty, the late polls, the frantic final activity.  It’s the best time of the year. It’s also time to make predictions.  I’m not sure why, but it is. SENATE:  Republicans win the majority.  Not including Louisiana, which won’t be decided on Tuesday and thus goes into a December runoff, the GOP will …

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Top 30 House Races — Where Incumbent Party Could Change

The Senate may turn.  The House, probably not.  If anything, Republicans are expected to expand on their current 234-201 advantage (including vacancies). But with great fluctuation in many of the races, there is no shortage of seats that may change parties on Tuesday. Here are our Top 30 House seats most likely to fall to …

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History About To Be Made In Pennsylvania

You all know by now — because you’ve been hearing it over and over — that the last time a Republican lost a Senate race in Kansas was 1932.  The last time a Democrat was beaten in a West Virginia Senate campaign was 1956.  These are serious milestones and we’re watching to see if these …

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