Republican win in runoff US Senate vote boosts majority


WASHINGTON D.C.: US Senator Mary Landrieu, one of the last standing elected Deep South Democrats, lost her bid on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for re-election in Louisiana, further clinching Republicans’ dominance in the Senate following mid-term elections last month. Her loss to Republican rival Bill Cassidy in the runoff vote consolidates a conservative majority in the southern state, in a region where political winds have shifted strongly in the Republicans’ favor in recent years. Republicans will hold 54 out of 100 seats in the Senate next year, nine more than they hold today.



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