November 16, 2014

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Does Mary Landrieu have a prayer? (JAMES HOHMANN 11/15/14, Politico)

One by one, Mary Landrieu's paths to victory in her Louisiana Senate runoff are closing off.

Rely on the old Democratic coalition? She got a paltry 18 percent of the white vote in the first round.

Stress her importance to the home-state energy industry? The Republican takeover of the Senate strips away her Senate Energy Committee chairmanship.

Hope for Barack Obama to help her by postponing any unpopular actions? The White House now seems likely to announce its immigration overhaul before the December 6 runoff.

On Friday, as Landrieu furiously corralled Democratic colleagues to support her bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, some political observers warned against counting out one of the party's true survivors - a moderate Democrat who three times eked out victories in one of the nation's most conservative states. But with just three weeks until the election, Democratic operatives in both Louisiana and Washington say privately that so much would have to go right for Landrieu - and so much wrong for her Republican opponent - that it's almost impossible to imagine yet another Houdini-like survival.

Posted by at November 16, 2014 8:25 AM
  

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