Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Vitter Wins in Louisiana - Or Does He?

Runner-up Chris John (D) originally conceded the race, but now it looks like he wants to challenge the results.

I'm getting my data directly from the Louisiana Secretary of State's home page. Here's the breakdown:

Vitter: 941,231
John: 540,780 (540,774 on
Kennedy: 275,214
Morrell: 47,080
Fontanesi: 15,073 (15,072 on
Galan: 12,481 (12,604 on
Melton: 12,343

Non-Vitter votes: 902,971 (903,088 on
Difference: 38,260 (38,143 based on numbers)

That's a comfortable margin for Vitter (a stunningly close margin, in fact, given that few people expected him to win outright). Keep in mind that in Louisiana, if you don't take 50% plus one vote, there's a run-off. Everyone knew Chris John has no shot at even competing in yesterday's race, but the hope was that Vitter would only get 49%, and all the Democrat support for Kennedy and Morrell would be inherited by John, and Vitter would have a real fight on his hands.

In the time it took me to get those numbers, I learned that John has officially conceded. Congratulations, Senator-elect Vitter.