For the rest of the country, the fact that there could soon be another Senator Kennedy is bound to be a curiosity, at least.
But don't expect the contest between state Treasurer John Kennedy and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell to attract much more interest than the primary did. Even though we're down to two candidates out of an unwieldy 24, and even though other elections are finally, thankfully, over, there's still not much to recommend this election to those without a rooting interest.
Senate elections here tend to be nationalized affairs these days, an opportunity to weigh in on the president or Congress in general rather than a referendum on individual personalities. That makes Louisiana's John Kennedy — no relation to the Massachusetts dynasty that sent three famous Democratic brothers to the Senate — the clear favorite in the Dec. 10 runoff by virtue of the R behind his name.
The race has no real broader implications, now that we already know Republicans will control the Senate no matter what happens. And the transition from President Barack Obama to President-elect Donald Trump is bound to keep overshadowing every other political story, just as the election itself did.
As for outside investment, Kennedy may well get some help from Republicans, if only because they expect him to win and might want to start off on his good side.
Campbell has said he'd welcome help from national Democrats too, which seems far less likely. The party didn't even do much to help incumbent Mary Landrieu fight for her seat two years ago, after control of the chamber flipped and she faced Bill Cassidy in a December runoff. And Campbell spent the primary purposely distancing himself from the top of the ticket, so there's no loyalty there.
Besides, the Democrats really have bigger things to worry about right now.
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