Rep. Bill Cassidy's defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a weekend runoff in Louisiana ended up a bit closer than some polls forecast.
But the Republican wave was still enough Saturday to give the Baton Rouge congressman an easy 12-point victory. It was a stark contrast to Landrieu's three previous victories, all competitive wins for the New Orleans Democrat.
This time, Cassidy won 49 of Louisiana's 64 parishes.
Landrieu's vote total dropped by more than 58,000 votes from the November primary. Cassidy's total improved by more than 109,000.
Returns suggest that Cassidy didn't pick up all the votes from third-place primary finisher Rob Maness. The tea party favorite got about 202,000 votes in November. But Cassidy got enough of those votes to provide his comfortable margin.
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