Big things happen here.
You might not know this, but there is still a very important political race going on in this country. No, it’s not the race to encourage electors to go rogue and mirror the popular vote, which Hillary Clinton won handily. Barring any unforeseen events — not like any of that kinda stuff has happened in this election! — Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.
No, the undecided race is for a Senate seat from the great state of Louisiana. The Pelican State (didn’t know that, didja?) has what is known as a jungle primary system. Everyone who makes the ballot is on in the general election, and, if nobody breaks fifty percent, there’s a runoff to determine the winner. That vote will take place a few weeks away, on December 10.
While Republicans will retain control of the Senate, the margin is currently quite narrow. Republicans hold 51 seats, and Democrats along with Independents who caucus with them, hold 48 seats. Therefore, the way this election goes could spell the difference between a solid Republican majority of four seats, or a razor thin margin of two seats. In the latter case, all Democrats would need to stymie a Republican initiative would be to pick off two Republican senators.
The candidates are Foster Campbell, a cattle farmer and elected utility regulator and John Kennedy (no, not that one), the Republican State Treasurer. Since Trump’s win, dispirited Democrats have focused all their energy on turning this last race of 2016 into a win to salve the wounds and have a seat safely in their column for 2018 and 2020.
Foster Campbell has crafted an interesting and nontraditional path to standing in this statewide election. As mentioned above, he was a cattle farmer. He spent 26 years in the Louisiana state senate, and has been chairman of the Public Services Committee since 2002, using that position to advocate for progressive causes. John Kennedy, meanwhile, has taken a more traditional route, although he has his quirks.