United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014
December 6, 2014
November 4, 2014
Cook Political Report: Toss Up
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up
Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014 is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.
The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mary Landrieu (D). Landrieu was first elected in 1996.
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Rumored but announced as not running
Most vulnerable seats
The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.
Democrat Mary Landrieu reportedly has $2.5 million in campaign funds already, but challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) is not far behind, with $2 million in the bank. That far outpaces other possible opponents. Former Rep. Jeff Landry is another possible Republican challenger. Landrieu has never won more than 52 percent of the vote in her three previous Senate victories. A hypothetical Republican majority in 2015 would require winning this seat.
|Landrieu v. Cassidy|
|Poll||Mary Landrieu (D)||Bill Cassidy (R)||Not Sure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
April 6-7, 2013
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On November 2, 2010, David Vitter won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Charlie Melancon (D), Michael Karlton Brown (I), R. A. "Skip" Galan (I), Milton Gordon (I), Sam Houston Melton, Jr. (I), Randall Todd Hayes (L), William R. McShan (Reform), Michael Lane "Mike" Spears (I), Ernest D. Woolon (I), William Robert "Bob" Lang, Jr. (I), and Thomas G. "Tommy" LaFarge (I) in the general election.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2014
- United States Senate elections, 2014
- Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Roll Call "Louisiana: Cassidy Challenging Landrieu" Accessed April 9, 2013
- The Times-Picayune "Sen. Mary Landrieu's new challenger: Air Force veteran from Madisonville" Accessed May 17, 2013
- Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
- Mary Landreiu "News" Accessed April 17, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 20010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"