Paul Babbitt

Airs Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m.  Control of the Senate is up for grabs in this midterm election and Red River Radio will bring you NPR election coverage Tuesday featuring local updates and analysis from political scientists in our region. We’ll hear from Jeffrey Sadow of LSU Shreveport, Greg Granger of Northwestern State, Paul Babbitt of Southern Arkansas University, and Ken Collier of Stephen F. Austin State.

Political scientists from the Red River region's universities examine prevailing trends they saw come out of the midterm election.

On the Dec. 6 runoff between Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy:

Area political scientists have takeaways from Tuesday's election returns.

Louisiana’s big turnout matters, according to Greg Granger a professor of history and political science at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Granger said turnout was high, despite the fact that many races were uneventful contests.

"When we have a tight election, I think people think their vote matters more, and they're more likely to turn out,” Granger said.