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Baucus Retirement Could Put Landrieu in Top Energy Spot

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She also has sided with Republicans on other energy issues, for example, backing a joint resolution in 2010 to disapprove an EPA finding that greenhouse gases qualify as dangerous pollutants under the Clean Air Act and supporting a bill to block the agency from regulating carbon pollution the next year.

As Landrieu has accrued seniority in the chamber — she currently leads the Small Business Committee and the Homeland Security spending panel — she has improved her campaign skills, particularly on moderate voter outreach, DuBos said. He also noted that she has won her last three Senate elections by a larger margin each time.

John Maginnis, a Louisiana political columnist, said Landrieu’s pro-business reputation within the oil and gas industry coupled with the chance for the Energy gavel can only help her re-election chances and fill her campaign coffers.

“Certainly I think that would help her raise money,” he said.

But he cautioned that it can only take her so far with average voters who may not appreciate the benefits to the state of its senator’s seniority.

“I think it would be a marginal plus for her,” Maginnis said.

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