“Obama” Candidate Wins that Louisiana Special Election

By Jaketapper

May 4, 2008 7:32am

Last night Democrat Don Cazayoux won the Louisiana special election for the 6th Congressional District, which has been held by Republicans for more than 30 years.

As you may recall, Republicans had tried to defeat Cazayoux by attempting to tie him to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in what can’t be seen as a welcome trend for the lanky Illinoisan. (It’s also happening in Mississippi.)

The GOP tried to "nationalize" the election. It didn’t work.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., heralding that the Democratic numbers in the House have expanded to 235-198, said, "for the second time this cycle, Republicans were reminded that ‘all politics is local.’  House Republicans tried to nationalize this election, illegally coordinated with Freedom’s Watch, used false and deceptive special interest smears, and funneled nearly a million dollars into a district that Republicans held for more than three decades."

But in its concession note last night, the National Republican Congressional Committee wrote:

"There is something to be learned from tonight’s results. When Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi were introduced into this campaign, Don Cazayoux was leading by a large margin in the polls. Since then, Republicans saturated the Baton Rouge airwaves in an effort to nationalize this contest and make the election about the real life consequences of a Barack Obama presidency and a continued Pelosi-run Democratic Congress. In that time, Republicans made substantial ground.

"This election speaks to the potential toxicity of an Obama candidacy and the possible drag he could have down-ballot this fall. We have already seen this impact another congressional race as a Democratic candidate for Congress in Mississippi is denying that he was ever endorsed by Barack Obama. In fact, he has referenced any mention of it by Republicans as an ‘attack.’  And, across the country, Democrats in swing districts still refuse to publicly endorse the candidacy of Barack Obama.

"By nature, special elections tend to be competitive and their results are not always a harbinger for the November elections, but what we do know is that a Democrat was clearly favored to easily win this election before Republicans invoked the names of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. This should come as a warning shot to Democrats. The elitist behavior of the Democratic frontrunner and the liberal and extremist positions that he and his fellow Democrats in Congress have staked their claim to, do not appear to be as salient as they once hoped."

Cazayoux once sworn in will become a superdelegate.

An uncommitted one, naturally.


- jpt

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