Election Day Might Not Decide Who Wins Senate Control
By Charles Babington
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A suspenseful election night is one thing, but what if it stretches for a month? Or into next year?
A handful of tight races in some states make for the possibility that Election Day will come and go without deciding which party controls the Senate.
If that happens, brace for a fierce runoff election and possible recounts that could make for an ugly holiday season in politics and government.
The main reason for uncertainty: Louisiana’s election laws allow for a “jungle primary” in which all candidates, regardless of party, run in November.
Strategists in both parties say a Dec. 6 runoff is likely because Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and top Republican challenger Bill Cassidy will struggle to exceed 50 percent on the crowded Nov. 4 ballot.