Watch Cao speak about his win on CNN Monday.
(CNN) - Call it a split decision.
Both the Democrats and Republicans captured a congressional seat from the other party this weekend, with two races remaining in the battle for the House of Representatives.
In Ohio's 15th Congressional district in the central part of the state, the Democrats captured a seat that was held by Republicans for 42 years. For the last 16 of those years, it's been held by 8 term Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce, who's retiring.
Mary Jo Kilroy, a county commissioner, came from behind to defeat Republican Steve Stivers by over 2,000 votes when the final results were released Sunday. Kilroy came back from an election day deficit of nearly 600 votes, after provisional ballots were counted from Franklin County, where the state capitol of Columbus is located.The counting of the provisional ballots proceeded after a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday.
Stivers, who's a state senator, conceded to Kilroy shortly after the results were released. He also wished her well in Washington.
Kilroy came close to defeating Pryce for the seat in 2006.
"After an extremely close 2006 race, there was no doubt this seat was vulnerable. This could have been an easy Democratic takeover but Stivers ran a strong campaign," said Nathan Gonzales, Political Editor of The Rothenberg Political Report, a non-partisan newsletter.
While the Democrats grabbed away the seat in Ohio, they lost one in Louisiana, where 9 term Rep. William Jefferson was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao, an attorney and local organizer. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese-American to win election to Congress. He also breaks a streak of more than a century of Democratic control in New Orleans.
We gave Virgil Goode a full blown recall in the 5th district, and he just doesn't want to accept it!
Sour grapes, pal. While Rove is at it why doesn't he just name most of the country as we never considered Bush legitimate after the rigged 2000 election.
WHO IS JOHN GALT?
Congrats to Ohio's 15th for ending the Dumbf-kistani enclave in that district.
It isn't hard to be "stunningly successful" when faced with the legacy of the last 8 years of Congress. Watch out, Dems, if you don't get behind Obama and use this goodwill effectively, and with the minimum of pork, there will be an abrupt reversal in the next election. We voters are not going to stay with the status quo if you don't get off your duffs and address the issues head on, and make some workable compromises that do not leave out your brother and sister Republican lawmakers!
I was laughing so hard when Betty Ngyuen was interviewing Cao. He was so excited about low voter turnout. You have got to love it when the tens of people show up to vote for you. Sheesh.
CHANGE comes in many flavors!
We will see how this republican votes–Viet Nam is a Mahayana Country–Things should go well
Jackie – you folks in Dallas are getting your rejected Republican. Enjoy the bushies. I hope Rove and Limbaugh follow him.
Cao might as well switch parties if he wants to have a chance at keeping his job. Doubtful he will be able to hold onto that seat in 2010.
The democrats should have kicked Jefferson out when he got busted. I was shocked that they didn't. They would still have a seat if they had. Oh well, I am still trying to convince myself that politics is about to change, and we are going to have honest office holders, and no 'rovian' concocted tyrades.
It's about time they get Kilroy in there.
Good riddance to Jefferson, who is without a doubt a crook of the first magnitude. Unfortunately, Kilroy in Ohio is every bit as big a crook.
YAY for American Asians!
Kudos and Good Luck to Cao. But, he only won because a vast majority of New Orleans residents are still displaced and unable to return.
I have family friends and neighbors whos sons fought in Vietnam. Can you imagine how much of a "sell out" seeing this guy elected (not to mention in the country at all) is after they risked their lives to fight his relatives? They probably feel the same as when WWII vets see cars made by mitsubishi since they made the engines in the japanese war planes. What's next? Russian bread?
Too bad with the Dems in charge Jefferson will end up with a book deal and a seat on obama's goverment. He should be in jail but the dems have been protecting him in the hopes to keep more seats....how isn't that politics as usual Mr. Obama?
GOOD for America; Congress is starting to look more like America. This country is moving forward so well.
Even though I am a Democrat....... I congratulate Anh "Joseph" Cao for his win! Mr. Cao, please be careful not to be controlled by the far-right-extremists!
This is great news on both accounts! It means two more incumbents have left office! I don't know if I dare start hoping that with all the new members of congress we could actually have some fresh leadership and better cooperation and probem solving, but it sure would be great.
I believe that the great people of the African-American Heritage are now part of the great American experience. By choosing a person other than of their race I can now say and feel that America, is on the right path to embracing ALL PEOPLES, GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Congrats Cao, I am sure you are a democrat at heart!!!
We do get that Run-off election historically have always had lower turn-out and Louisiana Congressman in question was about to get convicted of corruption and most voters are like Alaskans since that sort of thing matters to them.
I know the GOP is trying to hype this up, but fact that they won against a soon-to-be convicted felon who didn't do much of anything in terms of Katrina relief for his district, well it's shocking they even had to go to a run-off to win it.
As a Democrat, let me congratulate Anh "Joseph" Cao.
It's time tp clean up and clean out the bad, cheating, misleading, do nothing and criminal elements in both parties, and if that means losing a seat, so be it.
The better man one that election.
He is an organizer, and a lawyer, just like Obama, so maybe he is qualified to be a commander-in-chief in a dangerous world (?)
Yeah for Ohio! They chose wisely.