BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- After a year full of campaign trips, attack ads and endless rhetoric that culminated in a bitterly divisive election, Republicans and Democrats are still making one last push for the final undecided race of 2016.
Voters in Louisiana will decide in a runoff Saturday who will take the state's final open U.S. Senate seat -- Democrat Foster Campbell or Republican John Neely Kennedy.
Kennedy and Campbell finished first and second, respectively, in the blanket primary on Nov. 8, which sent the two up for the runoff. Kennedy won 25 percent of the vote and Campbell 17.5 percent in last month's vote.
Democratic and GOP leaders are working to claim the seat for their party -- and it's the last chance for Democrats to snag a seat following an election that saw them soundly defeated in most U.S. congressional races.
"If you go to the polls, he's going to win. If you don't go to the polls, he's not gonna win," Trump said. "If he doesn't win, I've got myself a problem in Washington.
"We need John in Washington, not only for a vote but for his leadership."
Republican incumbent David Vitter decided to vacate his Senate seat after an unsuccessful bid to become Louisiana governor last year. He will retire when he leaves office in January.
Democrats are also doing what they can to win the final political race of 2016.
Pollsters and experts expect Kennedy to win Saturday's runoff vote, but it could be a close call.
"It's close or [Kennedy] wouldn't have Mr. Trump coming here," Campbell said at one of three rallies he held Friday. "They want to win, I understand that. They think Mr. Trump is very popular in Louisiana, so they've asked him to come down to make sure they win."
Republicans occupy 51 seats in the Senate, compared to 48 for the Democrats. A win in Louisiana wouldn't give Democrats control, but it would sway some power and close the gap in a town where one vote can sometimes make a difference in congressional matters.
Louisiana decides their congressional races later than other states due to its "jungle primary" system, which treats the general election as a nonpartisan primary and sends the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, to a final vote in December.