Louisiana - U.S. House, District 2

as of October 8

The Candidates

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Joseph Cao

  • Republican (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: March 13, 1967
  • Residence: New Orleans, LA

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Cedric Richmond

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: September 13, 1973
  • Residence: New Orleans, LA

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Previous Results

    Louisiana U.S. House (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Joseph Cao REP 33,132 49.5%
    William Jefferson DEM 31,318 46.8%
    Malik Rahim GRE 1,883 2.8%
    Gregory Kahn LIB 549 0.8%

    U.S. President: Louisiana (2008)

    Data reflect statewide results.
    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%

    district Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 8, 2010

New Cook Political Report Rating

Lean-D (was Toss-up)

    Sep 8, 2010

    GOP's Cao In Trouble, But Challenger Has Problems, Too

    This is one of the rare instances of a Republican incumbent in trouble this year, and, as is the case in Hawaii, it's understandable. The only reason Joseph Cao won in 2008 is that the Democratic incumbent, William Jefferson, was under indictment for corruption and was a regular fixture in late-night comedians' monologues over the large stash of money found in his freezer. Cao, a Vietnamese-American Republican in an overwhelmingly African-American Democratic district, will be hard pressed to repeat his victory this year against state Rep. Cedric Richmond. But it's not exactly smooth sailing for Richmond, who lost his law license in 2008 after it was reported he falsified his qualification papers in an earlier campaign. -Ken Rudin

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