Baton Rouge: Below the Radar
With all the excitement around Clinton and Obama in North Carolina and Indiana, we shouldn’t miss another big showdown.
A special election on Saturday will decide who takes over in Louisiana’s 6th congressional district, which includes most of Baton Rouge. (In keeping with the fashion these days, Rep. Richard Baker, the Republican first elected there in 1986, resigned to become a lobbyist.)
As TPM’s Election Central notes,
This seat has not been held by a Democrat since the 1970s, and the district voted 59% for President Bush in 2004, so a Dem win here would be big news indeed.
The race is one of those I mentioned the other day, in which Republicans have gone after Democratic candidates by linking them to Obama, and then highlighting Obama’s ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But so far, so good, for Democrats. The latest poll shows Democrat Don Cazayoux leading his GOP opponent, Woody Jenkins, 50-41.