Yesterday's election in Louisiana brought the GOP one seat, long held by a Democrat, and kept one... barely. Last I read Flemming won over Carmouche (D) by a few hundred votes. Flemming had declared victory (and it was given by AP, etc.), but Carmouche was not conceding. I'll have to check to see if the narrow margin will result in an automatic recount, or whether Carmouche will pick up the tab to have one.
For a Party that the media portrays as rich and white, we sure do have a diverse group of elected and appointed officials... We now have the FIRST Vietnamese-American Congressman! I write this as I listen in the background to Condeleza Rice on the talks. She is first-class and brilliant.
On a side note, which should be a blog of its own, today is the day we remember Pearl Harbor. I hope all will take at least a moment to remember those who lost their lives that day and all the ensued from that day forward.
Here's the results on local New Orleans station:
Jefferson loses to a Republican
Associated Press - December 7, 2008 7:03 AM ET
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An indicted Democratic congressman has lost his seat in 1 of Louisiana's two elections delayed by Hurricane Gustav. Congressman William Jefferson, who was trying for an 11th term, was beaten yesterday by Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao, who will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. Jefferson blames his loss on low voter turnout.