Louisiana Senate race goes to December runoff, networks project

Louisiana Senate race goes to December runoff, networks project

Louisiana voters will likely have to wait until December to decide between Sen. Mary Landrieu and challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, as neither appears poised to command the 50 percent vote necessary to outright win the three-candidate race.

Landrieu said the race against Cassidy was starting immediately and her campaign would continue.

“Bill Cassidy, you cannot run; you cannot hide anymore,” Landrieu said. “This race is starting tonight.”

At times, she read from a prepared speech, which called for her supporters to hold up signs asking: “Where was Bill?” She challenged Cassidy to six debates before the runoff, one for every year of a senator’s term. She also told him don’t even think about bringing up President Barack Obama in attacks against her this time.

“This race is not about who the president is, who the president was or who the president will be. This race is about the future of Louisiana,” she added.

Attack ads peppered the campaign, backed by a flood of money from outside groups.

Cassidy hammered Landrieu on her support for the policies of the president, while Landrieu used her 18 years of seniority and chairmanship of the Senate Energy Committee as a main selling point.

“The issues between Senator Landrieu and I are clear,” said Cassidy. “She has said that she would vote for Obamacare again tomorrow and I can’t wait to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

The race was targeted in Republicans’ push to regain control of the Senate. Cassidy gave up a US House seat to run for Senate.