But the Republicans in this state will still make it a close race in 2014.
The Daily Caller website is reporting that Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and her husband owe more than $1,200 in tax penalties on their Capitol Hill home.
The political website takes Louisiana's senior senator to task for what it sees as hypocrisy:
Just last week, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu argued during a Capitol Hill hearing that the government needs more tax revenue.
But in a twist of hypocrisy, the Louisiana senator and her husband appear to have not yet paid $1,206.95 in tax penalties to the District of Columbia government on their Capitol Hill home, The Daily Caller has learned.
According to public records available online in the District of Columbia's "Real Property Assessment Database," the D.C. government has penalized Landrieu $1,003.33, plus $202.62 in interest, for 2012 taxes on her mansion on East Capitol Street. It is unclear what the penalty is for.
Landrieu was traveling Monday to Asia with her husband and not available for comment, according to her office. The office said Landrieu is leading a congressional delegation trip to Asia focused on child welfare and adoption.
Spokeswoman Amber McDowell said, Washington D.C. government offices are closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. "When they reopen, we will be able to supply you with additional information on this issue," McDowell said.
The Daily Caller website said while the property is listed in the name of Landrieu's husband, Frank Snellings, "online search result listings indicate that the East Capitol home is Landrieu's address."
The house is worth about $2.3 million dollars, according to online assessments.
The posting also noted that "While owing tax penalties to D.C., Landrieu sits on the Senate committee that has oversight responsibilities over the city. She's a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's subcommittee on oversight of government management, the federal workforce, and the District of Columbia."