Republican wins Senate runoff in Louisiana, giving party 52 seats

File photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump waving with U.S. Senate Candidate from Louisiana John Kennedy during a "Thank You USA" tour rally in Baton RougeBy Bryn Stole BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - Republican John Neely Kennedy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, won a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday against his Democratic opponent in a race that gives the Republicans a 52-seat majority in the chamber. The Democratic candidate, Foster Campbell, told his supporters in a speech in the state capital of Baton Route that he had called Kennedy to congratulate him on his victory. Kennedy, the state treasurer, had more than 63 percent of the vote with 3,391 of 3,904 precincts reporting, in results posted on the website of the state Secretary of State's Office.



Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana Senate race in runoff

Runoff Election Held In Louisiana For State's Senate SeatBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters chose Saturday to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, filling the nation's last Senate seat and giving the GOP a 52-48 edge in the chamber when the new term begins in January.



Democratic candidate for Senate concedes runoff in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in a runoff election in Louisiana, conceded the race in a speech to his supporters on Saturday in Baton Rouge, with his Republican opponent leading. Campbell said he called Republican John Neely Kennedy to congratulate him. Kennedy is poised to give the Republicans a 52-seat majority in the U.S. Senate. (Reporting by Bryn Stole in Baton Rouge; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Clay Higgins, known as the "Cajun John Wayne," defeats fellow Republican Scott Angelle in Louisiana's 3rd District race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Clay Higgins, known as the "Cajun John Wayne," defeats fellow Republican Scott Angelle in Louisiana's 3rd District race.

Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana runoff election for Senate seat, defeating Democrat Foster Campbell
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana runoff election for Senate seat, defeating Democrat Foster Campbell.

Trump campaign manager Conway leading Christmas parade

Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, center, walks through the lobby of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager is returning to her native New Jersey to lead a holiday parade.



Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks in Grand Rapids, Mich. Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation.



GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington. One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it’s not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences.



Giuliani out as Trump narrows diplomat pick

Trump has confirmed that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (L) will not be joining his cabinetDonald Trump plunged his quest for America's next top diplomat back into the spotlight by confirming that one frontrunner, outspoken former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, will not join his cabinet. Observers in the United States and around the world have been on tenterhooks over who the incoming Republican will pick as they wait to see whether Trump will make good on threats to rip up treaties and free trade agreements. With the decision expected next week, the president-elect announced Friday that Giuliani had removed his name from contention as far back as November 29.



Trump jovially rejoins campaign trail, tosses hat to a fan

President-elect Donald Trump throws a hat into the audience while speaking at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, enthusiastically prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election and protect the party's 52-48 margin in Washington.



Romney niece McDaniel is favorite to head Republican Party

File photo - Scott Romney applauds with his daughter Ronna during the second day of the Republican National Convention in TampaBy Steve Holland GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump's favorite to head the party, appearing on Friday at a rally attended by him as part of his "thank you" tour. The Republican National Committee will soon have a vacancy at the top of the party as current chairman Reince Priebus becomes White House chief of staff when Trump takes office on Jan. 20. While Trump did not signal his support for McDaniel at the rally, two party officials said he is pushing for her.



Trump remains executive producer on reality TV show: Schwarzenneger

Host Arnold Schwarzenegger and cast members participate in a panel for "The New Celebrity Apprentice" in Universal CityBy Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump will remain an executive producer on the reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice," new host Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday, defending the situation as similar to his own transitions between politics and entertainment. Trump, who famously barked the catchphrase "You're fired!" as he dismissed competitors on the "Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" programs, stepped down from the show last year when he entered the Republican presidential race. "Celebrity Apprentice" returns to the air with Schwarzenegger, star of the "Terminator" films and former two-term California governor, as host on Jan. 2, 18 days before Trump is sworn in as president.



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