Democratic candidate for US Senate concedes runoff in Louisiana

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"That's about to change, folks".

With Kennedy's victory, the Republicans will have a 52-seat majority in the 100-seat US Senate. In the runoff, he ran a safe, TV-focused effort highlighting his support for Trump and his opposition to the federal health overhaul.

It was Kennedy's third U.S. Senate run since 2004 and this time he won in a landslide, taking 61 percent to Campbell's 39 percent in the low-turnout election.

He says he's called Kennedy to congratulate him.

Campbell conceded the election in a speech to supporters on Saturday, in which, the Miami Herald noted, he said that his campaign did everything "humanly possible" that it could. He says people sent money and volunteered to help his campaign.

Days before Trump's stop in Baton Rouge, Vice President-elect Mike Pence also hit the campaign trail for Kennedy. "The voters of Louisiana have rewarded him for his extraordinary job by electing him to the United States Senate". But Higgins - who made attention-grabbing Crime Stoppers videos as a sheriff's captain - capitalized on disenchantment with career politicians to trounce Angelle with only a fraction of his money and a bare-bones organization.

In the 3rd District race, Higgins traded blistering attacks with his fellow Republican opponent, Scott Angelle, a member of the Public Service Commission and well-known public official for almost 30 years.

Voters also are filling two open U.S. House seats, for the 3rd District representing southwest and south central Louisiana and the 4th District covering northwest Louisiana.

Kennedy, 65, was a Democrat until he switched party affiliation in the conservative-leaning state in 2007. He lost a similar bid for Congress in 1988.

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Kennedy, the state treasurer, faces Democrat Foster Campbell, an elected member of the Public Service Commission, in Saturday's runoff election to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen.

Saturday's election settled the nation's last Senate seat for the term beginning in January.

Kennedy entered as the front-runner and never relinquished the position, even when the field swelled to two dozen contenders in November. He defeated Democrat Foster Campbell, a state utility regulator whose chances were seen as such a long-shot that national Democratic organizations offered little assistance to Campbell's campaign.

Kennedy, an Oxford-educated lawyer from south Louisiana, is in his fifth term as treasurer, and has repeatedly been in the headlines while clashing with Louisiana's governors over state finances.

This win, however, does not change a seat from blue to red, as Kennedy won the seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter, who declined to run for re-election. Polls closed at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT).

Kennedy now serves as the Pelican State's treasurer, and the election pitted him against Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat.

Kennedy is expected to take the seat and secure a 52-48 edge for the GOP in the Senate's new term. A poll released on December 5 by Tulane University showed Kennedy polling ahead of Campbell with 60% of the vote - an accurate measure of the actual election results.

The 4th District race was between two lawyers: Republican Mike Johnson and Democrat Marshall Jones. But Campbell has been getting a fundraising and social media assist from Democrats around the nation hoping to lodge a victory in their grim election cycle. But it wasn't enough to stave off yet another GOP win for 2016.

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