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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters chose Saturday to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, filling the nation's last Senate seat and giving the GOP a 52-48 edge in the chamber when the new term begins in January.
By Bryn Stole BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - Republican John Neely Kennedy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in a runoff election in Louisiana, was leading in early results on Saturday in a race that was widely expected to give the Republicans a 52-seat majority in the chamber. Kennedy, the state treasurer, was seen as the favorite heading into the runoff against his Democratic opponent, Foster Campbell, a cattle rancher and state utility regulator. Kennedy had more than 63 percent of the vote in early results, with 1,532 of 3,904 precincts reporting, posted on the website of the state Secretary of State's Office.