Dems Score 'Safe' GOP Seat in Louisiana

Special vote costs Republicans House spot held since 1974
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 4, 2008 5:46 AM CDT
Supporters listen to Republican Congressional candidate Woody Jenkins as he greets them in Denham Springs, La. Jenkins lost the election to Democrat Don Cazayoux.   (AP Photo/Tim Mueller, File)
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(Newser) – A Democrat snagged a Louisiana congressional seat long held by Republicans yesterday, strengthening Dems’ grip on the House, the AP reports. A special election followed the resignation of 20-year incumbent  Richard Baker and awarded the seat to Don Cazayoux after over 30 years of GOP control. Cazayoux took 49% of the vote to the Republican's 46% in a race that attracted only 24% of voters.

“It's of enormous national significance," said a Democratic consultant. "If we take yet another Republican seat that has been considered safe for years, then every 59% district is at play," he said, referring to the percentage of districts George Bush won in 2004.