**DEMOCRATIC LOUISIANA SEN. MARY LANDRIEU DEFEATED
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Saturday, denying her a fourth term and extending the GOP’s domination of the 2014 midterm elections that put Republicans in charge of Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure.
With Cassidy’s victory, Republicans will hold 54 seats when the Senate convenes in January, nine more than they have now.
Republican victories in two Louisiana House districts Saturday - including the seat Cassidy now holds - ensure at least 246 seats, compared to 188 for Democrats, the largest GOP advantage since the Truman administration after World War II. An Arizona recount leaves one race still outstanding.
Two sidebar stories to this election were (Before and After ):
Santorum campaigns for absent Cassidy, slamming Obama
Obamacare: President Hospitalized
Obama, complaining of sore throat, diagnosed with acid reflux
WASHINGTON Sat Dec 6, 2014 5:26pm EST
The 114th Congress begins January 3, 2015. President Obama will give the State of the Union Address on January 27th.
By then he will probably cease to be speechless.