Democrats Pick Up Another Seat in Louisiana; Scalise to Replace Jindal

Posted May 3, 2008 at 10:57pm

Democrats celebrated their second special election victory in three months Saturday when Louisiana state Rep. Don Cazayoux (D) defeated former state Rep. Woody Jenkins (R ) in a hotly contested race to fill the seat of former Rep. Richard Baker (R). With 100 percent reporting, unofficial results gave Cazayoux a 49 percent to 46 percent victory in an election that Democrats surely will use to show they have momentum on their side heading into the November general election. In March, Democrats picked up the seat of former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in another tightly contested special election. “For the second time this cycle, Republicans were reminded that ‘all politics is local,’” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said in a statement Saturday night. “House Republicans … funneled nearly a million dollars into a district that Republicans held for more than three decades. Don won by focusing on the concerns of Louisiana 6 voters — good paying jobs, affordable health care and better education.” Meanwhile, in the 1st district seat that previously was held by now-Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), state Sen. Steve Scalise (R) easily defeated professor Gilda Reed (D) 75 percent to 23 percent. The 1st district widely is regarded as the safest Republican seat in the Bayou state. — John McArdle