United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Louisiana

Runoff General Election Date
December 6, 2014

Primary Date
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Mary Landrieu Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Louisiana will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 4, 2014 elections.

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 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.[1][2][3]

The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mary Landrieu (D). Landrieu was first elected in 1996.

Candidates

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Rumored but announced as not running

Race ratings

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.[6]

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.[6] 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.[6] A hypothetical Republican majority in 2015 would require winning this seat.[6]

Polls

Landrieu v. Cassidy
Poll Mary Landrieu (D) Bill Cassidy (R)Not SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
April 6-7, 2013
46%41%13%+/-4.21541
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

According to campaign finance reports from April 2013, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) had already raised $1.2 million and had $3.5 million cash-on-hand.[7]

Election history

2010

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.[8]

U.S. Senate General Election, Louisiana, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Vitter Incumbent 56.6% 715,415
     Democratic Charlie Melancon 37.7% 476,572
     Independent Michael Karlton Brown 0.8% 9,973
     Independent R. A. "Skip" Galan 0.6% 7,474
     Independent Milton Gordon 0.4% 4,810
     Independent Sam Houston Melton, Jr. 0.3% 3,780
     Libertarian Randall Todd Hayes 1.1% 13,957
     Reform William R. McShan 0.5% 5,879
     Independent Michael Lane "Mike" Spears 0.7% 9,190
     Independent Ernest D. Woolon 0.6% 8,167
     Independent William Robert "Bob" Lang, Jr. 0.5% 5,734
     Independent Thomas G. "Tommy" LaFarge 0.3% 4,043
Total Votes 1,264,994

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mary Landrieu won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated John Kennedy (R), Richard Fontanesi (L), Jay Patel (I) and Robert Stewart (I) in the general election.[9]

U.S. Senate General Election, Louisiana, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Landrieu Incumbent 52.4% 988,298
     Republican John Kennedy 45.9% 867,177
     Libertarian Richard Fontanesi 1% 18,590
     Independent Jay Patel 0.7% 13,729
     Independent Robert Stewart 0% 0
Total Votes 1,887,794

See also

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