Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is now a long shot to win her Louisiana Senate seat after 18 years in Washington. The runoff election is tomorrow, Dec. 6.
"It's not over until it's over," Landrieu said of the campaign, which has been left for dead by national Democrats. "The only poll that counts is Election Day."
According to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, Senator Landrieu is behind by 17 points.
Her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, told Politico: “I represent Louisiana. She represents Barack Obama. The polls indicate that people understand that, and so, when you represent the people, you get the people to vote.”
The Republicans have done an excellent job at pinning Senator Landrieu with the President, creating an emotional target for frustrated voters. The use of television ads were paramount.
Senator Landrieu responded to the ads and her inability to stay ahead in the polls, saying: "Nothing seems to be breaking through these days. It's a very strange situation, all over the country. It's like people are just so mad, these commercials have really gotten people's emotions up. So getting people to focus on what really matters, leadership, honesty, integrity, hard work ..."
If Cassidy can pull off the victory, he would be the ninth Republican to win a Democratic Senate seat. The win would give Republicans a 54-seat majority in the 100-member Senate.