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Mary Landrieu, One Of The Last Southern Democrats, Is Defeated

Rep. Bill Cassidy's victory is the ninth Republican pickup in the Senate, giving them a 54 seat majority.

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Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu was handily defeated by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in a Saturday runoff, ending her three term career and widening the Republican majority in the Senate.

Landrieu's fate became clearer in the weeks following the Nov. 4 primary. Many national Democratic organizations withdrew financial support for the campaign, and she failed to pass a bill to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline after an aggressive push in the lame duck session.

Landrieu was the last Democrat who represented a Deep South state.

Cassidy's victory marks the ninth Republican pickup in the Senate this election cycle, bringing their total majority to 54 senators when the new Congress convenes next year.

Thank you. Serving the people of Louisiana has been the greatest honor of my life.

Mary Landrieu@MaryLandrieuFollow

Thank you. Serving the people of Louisiana has been the greatest honor of my life.

11:16 PM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We did it! Thank you voters, donors and volunteers. You made this victory happen. I’m looking forward to serving Louisiana in the Senate!

Bill Cassidy@BillCassidyFollow

We did it! Thank you voters, donors and volunteers. You made this victory happen. I’m looking forward to serving Louisiana in the Senate!

10:59 PM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you, Louisiana. I’m humbled by your overwhelming support. I’m ready to fight for you in the Senate.

Bill Cassidy@BillCassidyFollow

Thank you, Louisiana. I’m humbled by your overwhelming support. I’m ready to fight for you in the Senate.

10:39 PM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kyle Blaine is the deputy politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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