December 8th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Split decision in congressional races


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.

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  1. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I like Cao and I am proud of him and his win. I wish that the GOP in general would take the necessary steps to attract more people of color, women, and gays into the moderate-conserative fold...and this is key MODERATE-CONSERVATIVE!

    December 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. look how far we have come

    If you told somebody 30 years ago that a Vietnamese would be elected into office they'd think you where on drugs or a commie.

    then again if you would have said a black predsident would be elected even 10 years ago you'd probably get a similar response.

    whats next?

    December 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists....a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians...yep, change you can believe in.

    December 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    Congratulations to you Congressman-elect Joseph" Cao from a Democrat. It makes no difference what your party is if you are wrong. Fact of the matter is if you are wrong then you need to lose.

    Congressman William Jefferson was wrong so he got what he deserved from the voters.

    December 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Buckeye

    Great news for the Buckeye state and the nation. Kilroy has a chance to be our second Kucinich. Go for it! God knows we need it!

    December 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. steve

    Cao was so desperate to win an election in predominant democratic and black dominated area he was praying for low voters turn-out.
    He should be careful because this tape of the interview would be used against him in the next election when the DEMS would come out to throw him out if he get very arrogant and corky with this trial first- time run.

    December 8, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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