The Fix: Louisiana

The top 10 races of 2014: No. 2 (Video)

With the holiday season in full swing and 2014 just around the corner, we’re counting down the top 10 races you need to know about heading into 2014.

Today, we take a closer look at the No. 2 entry on our list.

The Louisiana Senate race!

(A big thanks to PostTV’s Victoria Lewis for her work on producing this video countdown.)

Here’s our rundown, which will be updated as we go:

10. Illinois governor

9. Idaho’s 2nd district

8. Alaska Senate

7. California’s 31st district

6. West Virginia’s 3rd district

5. Florida governor

4. Arkansas Senate

3. Florida’s 13th district (special election)

2. Louisiana Senate race

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Romney roundly defeated in Louisiana

Rick Santorum’s win in the Louisiana primary told us a lot of things we already knew about Mitt Romney’s problems — in very stark terms.

But it might be the last time that happens.

Early exit polls Saturday night showed Romney losing by near-double digits overall. But it also showed him losing basically every demographic group in the state, with one notable exception: voters making more than $200,000 per year.

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Why Louisiana could prolong Romney’s Southern slide

Brad Coker, the president of Mason-Dixon polling, offered a thoughtful counterpoint to our piece this morning on why Louisiana may be more hospitable to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney than other Southern states.

We asked him to let us post it to the Fix, and he agreed.

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Why Louisiana could stop Romney’s Southern slide

Mitt Romney is going to the South again, and if past is prologue, it means he’s walking into another loss.

Romney is now 0-for-6 in contested Southern primaries, including a pair of losses two weeks ago in Alabama and Mississippi.
Women dance in baby doll outfits during the Zulu Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans last month. (REUTERS/Lee Celano)

But as is often the case in Louisiana politics, it might be a little more complicated than that.

In fact, there is an argument to be made that Louisiana, whose primary is Saturday, is more fertile ground for Romney than any of the six Southern states where he has lost to this point.

So let’s make that argument, in five parts:

1. Evangelicals and Catholics

Louisiana is the least evangelical and most Catholic Southern state to vote so far. And both of those are good for Romney.

While Romney’s struggles among evangelicals have been well-documented, Rick Santorum’s struggles among Catholics (of which he is one) are pretty striking as well.

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Why Bobby Jindal (still) matters

Why Bobby Jindal (still) matters

Unless you are a huge political junkie, you likely missed the news on Saturday night that Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal won a second term.

It was a marked changed from this time four years ago when Jindal’s victory — he was the first Indian American to win a governorship — drew national headlines and installed him as a major rising star within the GOP.

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