Election Day, Dec. 6: How Will Sen. Mary Landrieu Fare on December...

Election Day, Dec. 6: How Will Sen. Mary Landrieu Fare on December 6

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On December 6, Sen. Mary Landrieu will go up against Rep. Bill Cassidy in an election that will decide who will serve Louisiana in the U.S. Senate.  In an interview in early November with Chuck Todd of NBC, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said that the South “has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans.”

“In addition, the South has not always been the friendliest or easiest place for African Americans to advance, and it’s been a difficult place for women to be recognized as the leaders we are,” the Senator said.

“Everyone knows this is the truth, and I will continue to speak the truth even as some would twist my words seeking political advantage.”

The comments received widespread attention.  Will African American voters show up for the special election this Saturday? The Democratic party abandoned Landrieu shortly after election day in November.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke

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