United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2014

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United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2014
Louisiana
2008 ←
November 4 and December 6, 2014 → 2020

  Bill Cassidy official Senate photo.jpg Mary Landrieu Senate portrait.jpg
Candidate Bill Cassidy Mary Landrieu
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 712,379 561,210
Percentage 55.93% 44.07%

Louisiana Senate Runoff Election Results by County, 2014.svg

Runoff results by Parish

U.S. Senator before election

Mary Landrieu
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Bill Cassidy
Republican

The 2014 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Louisiana. As no candidate won a majority of the vote, a runoff was held on December 6, 2014.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu ran for re-election to a fourth term in office against Republican U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy and several other candidates.

Under Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party and voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. Louisiana is the only state that has a jungle primary system (California and Washington have a similar "top two primary" system). Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the primary election, a runoff election was held on December 6 between the top two candidates, Landrieu and Cassidy.[1]

In the December 6 runoff, Cassidy defeated Landrieu by 56% to 44%, settling the fate of the final Senate seat of the 2014 midterm elections. Cassidy's victory gave the Republicans 54 seats in the 114th Congress.[2] Cassidy became the first Republican to hold this seat since William P. Kellogg did so in 1883.

Background[edit]

Elections in Louisiana, with the exception of U.S. presidential elections, follow a variation of the open primary system called the jungle primary. Candidates of any and all parties are listed on one ballot; voters need not limit themselves to the candidates of one party. Unless one candidate takes more than 50% of the vote in the first round, a run-off election is then held between the top two candidates, who may in fact be members of the same party. This scenario occurred in the 7th District congressional race in 1996, when Democrats Chris John and Hunter Lundy made the runoff for the open seat, and in 1999, when Republicans Suzanne Haik Terrell and Woody Jenkins made the runoff for Commissioner of Elections.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Raymond Brown, minister, civil rights activist and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1998 and 2002 (endorsed Landrieu)[7][8]

Declined[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Libertarian Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Brannon McMorris, electrical engineer[27]

Jungle primary[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mary
Landrieu (D)
Bill
Cassidy (R)
Paul
Hollis (R)
Rob
Maness (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling October 30–November 1, 2014 1,003 ± 3.1% 43% 35% 15% 1% 6%
NBC News/Marist October 26–30, 2014 630 LV ± 3.9% 44% 36% 15% 1% 4%
961 RV ± 3.2% 42% 35% 15% 1% 6%
Suffolk University October 23–26, 2014 500 ± 4% 36.4% 34.8% 11.2% 2.6%[42] 15%
University of New Orleans October 11–24, 2014 590 ± 4.1% 38% 33% 7% 1% 21%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,316 ± 5% 37% 32% 5% 5%[43] 19%
Rasmussen Reports October 22–23, 2014 988 ± 3% 43% 36% 13% 3% 6%
Multi-Quest International October 14–19, 2014 605 ± 4% 36% 32% 6% 3% 23%
Vox Populi Polling October 13–14, 2014 546 ± 4.2% 38% 38% 10% 6%[44] 8%
Rasmussen Reports October 13–14, 2014 965 ± 3% 41% 38% 14% 2% 5%
0ptimus September 30–October 2, 2014 5,711 ± 1.3% 37.8% 35.9% 17.7% 8.6%
Hickman Analytics September 26–October 2, 2014 502 ± 4.4% 39% 30% 6% 5%[45] 19%
Public Policy Polling September 25–28, 2014 1,141 ± 2.9% 42% 34% 12% 2% 10%
CNN/ORC September 22–25, 2014 610 LV ± 4% 43% 40% 9% 4% 4%
866 RV ± 3.5% 45% 35% 8% 6% 5%
Fox News September 14–16, 2014 617 ± 4% 31% 35% 7% 16%
Gravis Marketing September 5–9, 2014 426 ± 5% 45% 30% 14% 12%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner August 28–September 2, 2014 600 ± 4% 47% 32% 13% 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 870 ± 5% 36% 38% 10% 3%[46] 11%
Senate Conservatives Fund August 16–18, 2014 600 ± 4% 43% 32% 16% 1% 8%
Public Policy Polling June 26–29, 2014 664 ± 3.8% 44% 27% 5% 8% 17%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner May 5–8, 2014 600 ± 4% 48% 29% 8% 7% 8%
Southern Media & Opinion Research April 28–30, 2014 600 ± 4% 36% 35.4% 3.9% 7.1% 17.7%
New York Times/Kaiser Family April 8–15, 2014 946 ± ? 42% 18% 5% 4% 3% 27%
Harper Polling April 7–9, 2014 538 ± 4.22% 40% 35% 3% 4% 18%
Magellan Strategies March 24–26, 2014 600 ± 4.1% 39.3% 26.3% 3.4% 2.6% 28.4%
Public Policy Polling February 6–9, 2014 635 ± 3.9% 43% 25% 5% 3% 25%
Harper Polling January 19–20, 2014 992 ± 3.11% 42% 29% 4% 4% 20%
Southern Media & Opinion Research November 6–12, 2013 600 ± 4% 41% 33.8% 9.8% 15.5%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 721 ± 3.6% 48% 24% 5% 23%

Results[edit]

Jungle primary results by parish
United States Senate election jungle primary in Louisiana, 2014[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Landrieu (Incumbent) 619,402 42.08
Republican Bill Cassidy 603,048 40.97
Republican Rob Maness 202,556 13.76
Republican Thomas Clements 14,173 0.96
Libertarian Brannon McMorris 13,034 0.89
Democratic Wayne Ables 11,323 0.77
Democratic William Waymire 4,673 0.32
Democratic Vallian Senegal 3,835 0.26
Total votes 1,473,826 100

Runoff[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mary
Landrieu (D)
Bill
Cassidy (R)
Other Undecided
Rasmussen Reports December 2–4, 2014 1,000 ± 3% 40% 56% 4%
WPA Opinion Research November 24–25, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 33% 57% 10%
GEB International November 20, 2014 850 ± 3.36% 33.9% 59.8% 6.4%
JJMC Analytics November 20, 2014 754 ± 3.6% 40% 55% 5%
Rasmussen Reports November 16–19, 2014 1,000 ± 3% 41% 56% 3%
Vox Populi Polling November 16–17, 2014 761 ± 3.55% 42% 53% 5%
Gravis Marketing November 12–14, 2014 643 ± 4% 38% 59% 3%
Public Policy Polling October 30–November 1, 2014 1,003 ± 3.1% 47% 48% 5%
NBC News/Marist October 26–30, 2014 630 LV ± 3.9% 45% 50% 1% 5%
961 RV ± 3.2% 44% 49% 2% 6%
Suffolk University October 23–26, 2014 500 ± 4% 40.6% 48% 11.4%
University of New Orleans October 11–24, 2014 590 ± 4.1% 43% 51% 6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,316 ± 5% 42% 46% 0% 12%
Rasmussen Reports October 22–23, 2014 988 ± 3% 46% 50% 4%
Multi-Quest International October 14–19, 2014 605 ± 4% 40% 43% 17%
Vox Populi Polling October 13–14, 2014 546 ± 4.2% 44% 48% 8%
Rasmussen Reports October 13–14, 2014 965 ± 3% 43% 52% 5%
Hickman Analytics September 26–October 2, 2014 502 ± 4.4% 45% 46% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 2,187 ± 2% 41% 47% 0% 13%
Public Policy Polling September 25–28, 2014 1,141 ± 2.9% 45% 48% 7%
CNN/ORC September 22–25, 2014 610 LV ± 4% 47% 50% 3%
866 RV ± 3.5% 51% 45% 4%
Fox News September 14–16, 2014 617 ± 4% 38% 51% 9%
Gravis Marketing September 5–9, 2014 426 ± 5% 45% 45% 10%
Rasmussen Reports September 2–3, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 41% 44% 9% 6%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner August 28–September 2, 2014 600 ± 4% 48% 46% 6%
Senate Conservatives Fund August 16–18, 2014 600 ± 4% 49% 43% 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,456 ± 3.5% 46% 47% 6% 2%
Rasmussen Reports July 8–9, 2014 750 ± 4% 46% 43% 5% 6%
Public Policy Polling June 26–29, 2014 664 ± 3.8% 47% 47% 6%
Magellan Strategies June 5–8, 2014 719 ± 3.65% 44% 50% 5% 1%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner May 5–8, 2014 600 ± 4% 49% 49% 2%
Magellan Strategies April 14–15, 2014 775 ± 3.52% 42% 44% 10% 4%
Harper Polling April 7–9, 2014 538 ± 4.22% 43% 47% 10%
Voter/Consumer Research February 20–25, 2014 600 ± 4% 45% 44% 1% 9%
Hickman Analytics February 17–24, 2014 404 ± 4.9% 42% 46% 11%
Public Policy Polling February 6–9, 2014 635 ± 3.9% 45% 44% 10%
Rasmussen Reports January 28–29, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 40% 44% 5% 11%
Harper Polling January 19–20, 2014 992 ± 3.11% 44% 45% 11%
Public Policy Polling October 14–15, 2013 632 ± 3.9% 48% 41% 11%
Harper Polling September 22–23, 2013 561 ± 4.14% 46% 44% 10%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 721 ± 3.6% 50% 40% 10%
Harper Polling August 14–15, 2013 596 ± 4.01% 45% 47% 8%
On Message Inc. August 13–15, 2013 600 ± 4.0% 45% 43% 12%
Harper Polling April 6–7, 2013 541 ± 4.21% 46% 41% 13%
Public Policy Polling February 8–12, 2013 603 ± 4% 50% 40% 10%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election runoff in Louisiana, 2014[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cassidy 712,379 55.93
Democratic Mary Landrieu (Incumbent) 561,210 44.07
Total votes 1,273,589 100
Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  42. ^ Wayne Ables (D) 0.8%, Thomas Clements (R) 0.8%, Brannon McMorris (L) 0.6%, Vallian Senegal (D) 0.2%, William Waymire (D) 0.2%
  43. ^ Wayne Ables (D) 0%, Raymond Brown (D) 1%, Thomas Clements (R) 1%, Brannon McMorris (L) 3%, Vallian Senegal (D) 0%, William Waymire (D) 0%, Other 0%
  44. ^ Brannon McMorris (L) 2%, Other 4%
  45. ^ Wayne Ables (D) 0%, Thomas Clements (R) 1%, Brannon McMorris (L) 3%, Vallian Senegal (D) 0%, William Waymire (D) 1%
  46. ^ Thomas Clements 2%, Brannon McMorris 1%, Other 0%
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