BATON ROUGE, December 9, 2002 ( – Louisiana Republicans failed to solidify their majority in the U.S. Senate on Saturday, losing the state’s run-off election against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell, the state Elections Commissioner, lost by a margin of 52% to 48% despite last-minute campaigning by President Bush. The Republicans still have a 51-48 majority (there is one Independent senator) in the Senate. But the defeat makes it that much easier for liberal Republicans to obstruct the Bush agenda by siding with the Democratic minority on some issues.  Democrats cited their successful mobilization of black voters combined with Republican hubris, including attack ads labelling Landrieu as pro-high taxes and pro-abortion, in a state with an unusually high proportion of nominally Catholic voters. In fact, Sen. Landrieu misled Catholic media by telling reporters that she is pro-life.  For newswire coverage see:   For related coverage see:  REPUBLICANS STRIVE FOR LOUISIANA SENATE VICTORY


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