December 10th, 2008
05:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Democrat concedes Louisiana congress race

(CNN) - Democrat Paul Carmouche Wednesday conceded his race for a seat in Congress to physician John Fleming in Louisiana's 4th congressional district.

Louisianans went to the polls Saturday to choose between Carmouche, the former Caddo Parrish district attorney, and Fleming. Unofficial results show Fleming leading Carmouche by less than 400 votes.

"Of more than 92,000 votes cast throughout the 13 parishes of this district, it appears that our campaign has fallen slightly short," Carmouche said. "I will not ask for a recount of any of the paper ballots, and I offer my warmest congratulations to Dr. Fleming."

Fleming takes the seat held by long-time Republican Rep. Jim McCrery, who is retiring after 10 terms in office.

Elections in the 4th district and the 2nd district - won by Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao over indicted Democratic incumbent Rep. William Jefferson - were delayed because of Hurricane Gustav in August.

In those two districts, the Democratic and Republican primaries were held on November 4.
Fleming's election gives the GOP 178 seats in the House of Representatives. The Democrats hold 256, and there is one seat still unresolved - the 5th congressional district of Virginia.

In that race, Democratic challenger Tom Perriello was certified the winner over incumbent Republican Rep. Virgil Goode, but the margin - less than 800 votes - was close enough for Goode to request a recount under state law.

The recount takes place on Tuesday.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown


    December 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    The people in Louisiana are just plain stupid. The Republicans sold them out when Kritina messed up the state and the still vote for a Republican.

    Plain Stupid!!

    December 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Baze

    No Democrat will ever win in that redneck bayou

    December 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Maude, GA

    Jefferson could not be trusted, and it was probably hard to get people to support him. He betrayed the people's trust and did not deserve to return, and I'm a democrat.

    I want it easy for Barack in Congress, but it is what it is. He will just have to get people to lobby for him.

    Most Americans are for Barack so that should not be hard to do.

    December 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Simmy

    Louisiana is a die-hard Red state. Nothing short of the Second Coming will change that!

    December 10, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Leah from FL

    Even after the horrible response Bush and the Repub's had for Katrina – how can the remaining LA voters be so stupid and biased to vote repub yet again? Un-real. Dems could win there IF the LA displaced could return home, get registered, and get rides to polls to vote. Yes – it seems like LA would vote for Hitler if an opposing candidate – especially a Dem who happens to be black was the only other choice. Scary.

    December 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |