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(WAFB/AP) -

Louisiana voters have chosen Republican state treasurer John Kennedy to fill the state's open U.S. Senate seat, giving the GOP a 52 - 48 edge in the chamber.

Saturday's election settled the nation's last Senate seat for the term beginning in January. Kennedy was the front-runner the entire time.

He defeated Democrat Foster Campbell, a state utility regulator whose chances were seen as such a long-shot that national Democratic organizations offered little assistance to Campbell's campaign.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, who endorsed fellow Democrat Foster Campbell in the race, issued a statement Saturday evening congratulating Kennedy.

Donna and I congratulate Senator-elect John Kennedy on his victory tonight,” Edwards said. “I look forward to working with him to secure additional funding for flood relief, to make long term investments in our infrastructure and to bring Louisiana’s federal tax dollars home to help our people.  We face significant challenges in the future, but I know that by working together, we can deliver great things for the people of Louisiana.  Donna and I will keep Senator-elect Kennedy, his wife Becky and their son Preston in our prayers as he begins his service to our nation in the U.S. Senate.

I would also like to thank Commissioner Foster Campbell for his long history of public service to our great state and for offering himself up for higher office in the U.S. Senate,” Edwards said. “I know that Foster will continue to fight for the people of Louisiana, and I look forward to working with him in the future. He and his wife, Gwen, have been great friends to our family, and we appreciate all of their hard work on behalf of the people of our state.

The victory was a long-sought one for Kennedy, an Oxford-educated lawyer in his fifth term as treasurer. Kennedy had tried unsuccessfully twice before to win a U.S. Senate seat, running first in 2004 as a Democrat and the most recent two times as a Republican. 

The seat is open because Republican David Vitter didn't seek re-election.

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