United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2008
|Elections in Louisiana|
The 2008 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 4, 2008. This was the first time since the 1970s that Louisiana used primaries for federal races. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu won re-election to a third term.
Landrieu's increased vulnerability was supposed to be the result of a significant drop in the state's African-American population after Hurricane Katrina, especially in Landrieu's hometown of New Orleans. Louisiana also elected a Republican senator in 2004 and President Bush carried the state twice, in 2004 with 58 percent of the vote. Also, Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal won the 2007 gubernatorial election with 54 percent of the vote.
- Mary Landrieu, incumbent U.S. Senator (1997-)
- John Neely Kennedy, State Treasurer (2000-)
CQ Politics rated this race as 'Leans Democrat'. The Cook Political Report considered it 'Lean Democrat'. The Rothenberg Political Report considered it a 'Narrow Advantage for Incumbent Party'. Landrieu was considered the most vulnerable Democratic senator up for re-election in 2008.
|Poll Source||Dates administered||Landrieu (D)||Kennedy (R)|
|Rasmussen Reports||October 21, 2008||53%||43%|
|Rasmussen Reports||September 25, 2008||54%||41%|
|Rasmussen Reports||August 17, 2008||56%||39%|
|Rasmussen Reports||July 9, 2008||49%||44%|
|Southern Media & Opinion Research||July 1, 2008||46%||40%|
|Rasmussen Reports||May 28, 2008||47%||44%|
|Southern Media & Opinion Research||March 26 - April 9, 2008||50%||38%|
|Survey USA||December 6–10, 2007||46%||42%|
|General election results|
|Republican||John Neely Kennedy||867,177||45.72||-2.58|
- Elections Division from the Louisiana Secretary of State
- U.S. Congress candidates for Louisiana at Project Vote Smart
- Louisiana U.S. Senate from CQ Politics
- Louisiana U.S. Senate from OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions from OpenSecrets.org