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  Sen. Mary Landrieu is in tenuous position as last statewide-elected Democrat in Louisiana
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News DateFriday, July 15, 2011 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionElected narrowly three times in what turned out to be ebbs in the rising Republican tide, Sen. Mary Landrieu is now the last statewide-elected Democrat standing in Louisiana.

She also is the last Deep South Democrat in the U.S. Senate, strategically keeping her distance from a national party that is increasingly unpopular at home while trying not to antagonize her loyal base.

"I'm a survivor," Landrieu said in a recent interview.

"A happy survivor," she added, ensconced in her new corner office in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the most visible marker of the steady accretion of power that vaulted her from 45th in seniority to 34th with the convening of the 112th Congress.

Three years into her third term, Landrieu chairs the Small Business Committee. It's not a blockbuster assignment, but a nice plum for a senator forever having to prove her pro-business bona fides.
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