"Democrats are fighting against history in most of the South. ... You can still elect a Democrat to a statewide office in the South if you have the right candidate, with the right biography, in the right cycle. And then hopefully you get some help from the Republicans nominating a bad candidate. But that's a lot of ifs." — Thomas F. Schaller, author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, as quoted in The New York Times. In the article, reporters Campbell Robertson and Jeremy W. Peters assessed the campaign against Sen. Mary Landrieu and two other Democratic Senators: Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.