Louisiana - U.S. Senate

as of September 9

The Candidates

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David Vitter

  • Republican (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: May 3, 1961
  • Residence: Metairie, LA

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Charlie Melancon

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: October 3, 1947
  • Residence: Napoleonville, LA

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Previous Results

    Louisiana U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    David Vitter REP 943,014 51%
    Chris John DEM 542,150 29.3%
    John Kennedy DEM 275,821 14.9%
    Arthur Morrell DEM 47,222 2.6%
    Richard Fontanesi UNA 15,097 0.8%
    Skip Galan UNA 12,463 0.7%
    Sam Melton DEM 12,289 0.7%

    U.S. President: Louisiana (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 1,148,275 58.6%
    Barack Obama DEM 782,989 39.9%
    Ron Paul LA 9,368 0.5%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 9,187 0.5%
    Ralph Nader IND 6,997 0.4%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 2,581 0.1%
    James Harris SOC 735 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 354 0%
    Gene Amondson PRO 275 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 9, 2010

Vitter Fights For Second Term

David Vitter (R), first elected in 2004, is seeking a second term. Vitter's political future seemed in jeopardy when it was reported that his phone number appeared in the telephone records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, dubbed the "D.C. Madam." Now, in Louisiana, of all places, being involved in a potential prostitution scandal might elicit smirking among some people. But, in becoming the first Republican elected to the Senate in Louisiana history, Vitter ran on family values issues, and Democrats said the hypocrisy was too much to forgive. Still, Vitter has righted his ship, got his party to unite behind him, and remains a favorite against Rep. Charlie Melancon. -Ken Rudin

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