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The 2016 Senate race is finally over after Louisiana's runoff


The 2016 campaign season is finally over. 

Republican John Kennedy won Louisiana's runoff election for Senate Saturday night, securing a 52-48 Senate majority for the Republican party.  Kennedy won over Democrat Foster Campbell in a landslide, claiming 61 percent of the vote to Campbell's 39 percent.

Louisiana's system puts all candidates against each other, then send the top two vote-getters into runoff if no one gets more than 50 percent initially, similarly to Maine's new system.

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Louisiana state treasurer John Kennedy addresses supporters at his election watch party, after being elected to the senate seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Kennedy was long considered the front-runner, even with more than two dozen candidates in the race at one point.

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The results keep Louisiana with one Democratic representative among its six congressmen and two senators.

Kennedy criticized "Washington insiders," despite being a political veteran; this marked his third Senate run since 2004. 

President-elect Donald Trump endorsed Kennedy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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