Hot political races are topic at Monday's Press Club

Hot political races are topic at Monday's Press Club

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two hot political races are history and what's ahead was the topic at Monday's Press Club luncheon with Southern University's political science associate professor Dr. Albert Samuels.

"No matter what the Democrats did, some of these guys were going to lose no matter what," said Dr. Samuels.

Dr. Samuels said because the nation's leader, President Barrack Obama, is unpopular, it triggered the Republicans changing national politics at the expense of the Democratic Party.

"It doesn't matter who is running, who the candidates are. The Party that that president is associated with, is going to have a hard time," said Dr. Samuels.

Not only did he say that applies to the national trend, it's what impacted Saturday's runoff races in Louisiana with Democrat Mary Landrieu losing the U.S. Senate seat she held for three terms and former Democrat Gov. Edwin Edwards losing an election for the first time in his political career.

"I have to admit, it's not unexpected. I was hoping for a better outcome but it's not unexpected, and I understand that. The national trend and the state trend has gone to the conservative, Republican side," said Edwards after losing Saturday night.

Their winning opponents acknowledged their victories came, in part, thanks to their party and Republicans getting out to vote.

"This victory belongs to you (the voters). Thank you," said Bill Cassidy to his voters on Saturday night.

Dr. Samuels said national Democrats tried to distance themselves from President Obama, which could wind up hurting the party as a whole. As for Louisiana's future, Samuels said Democrats are unmotivated. So if you're a Republican, that seems like a good thing, however, "If you believe there are actually some things that government ought to do, that could be problematic," said Dr. Samuels.

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