Obviously, we all know what’s actually responsible for Mary Landrieu’s Senate loss – racism – but what we haven’t discussed is exactly how terribly Mary Landrieu performed in her runoff against Bill Cassidy. We should, because the 9th Senate seat pickup for Republicans wasn’t just a subtle, narrow win on the heels of a much larger national trend. It was the kind of delicious, total walloping that comes around perhaps only once a cycle, if that. The only close thing in recent memory, that I can think of, was that time I agreed to do a shot of blue alcohol every time Mitt Romney lost a swing state in 2012.
Anyway, here are some of the gorier details.
— Cassidy won 49 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes. Six years ago, when Landrieu defeated Republican John Kennedy without a runoff, the Democratic senator carried 38 parishes.
— Turnout was down from the primary, but that appeared to hurt Landrieu more across the board. Her vote total went down by 58,298 votes. Cassidy’s went up by 109,282
— Cassidy fell 93,274 votes short of the combined total that he and third-place primary finisher Rob Maness, a tea party Republican, got in the primary. That suggests some drop off in enthusiasm among arch-conservatives who never fully embraced Cassidy — Maness got 202,556 votes in November — but it didn’t affect the final outcome.
Cassidy lost his home parish by about 7,000 votes, but he also managed to shave 500 votes off of Mary Landrieu’s lead in her home parish.
I guess when Mary Landrieu suggested that voters who didn’t favor her support of Obamacare should “unvote” for her, they took the game plan very seriously.
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