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Wrapping Up Saturday’s Primaries


Saturday was Primary Day in two states.

West Virginia held its primaries for its special senatorial election; there were no surprises. Gov. Joe Manchin is the Democratic nominee, and John Raese is the GOP senatorial nominee.

Louisiana was a bit more interesting. There had been some rumblings that the scandals in Sen. David Vitter’s past would leave room for a serious primary challenge, and retired State Supreme Court Judge Chet Traylor took a shot. On Saturday, it wasn’t even close; Vitter won 88 percent.

Turnout was low on both sides, but there were actually more votes on the Democratic side, where Rep. Charlie Melancon won.

In Melancon’s seat, a big GOP pickup opportunity, most of the buzz had surrounded Ret. Gen. Hunt Downer. But on primary day, Jeff Landry came oh-so-close to avoiding a runoff, winning just under 50 percent. Their tooth-and-nail fight will continue; the runoff is set for October 2, leaving one month until the general election. The winner takes on Democrat Ravi Sangisetti.

Tags: Charlie Melancon , Chet Taylor , David Vitter , Hunt Downer , Jeff Landry , Joe Manchin , John Raese

Hunt Downer’s Fundraising Is Up, Up, Up


The campaign of Hunt Downer, a Republican candidate in the open-seat race in Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, announces they have raised $274,500 in the six weeks since they began operations, nearly $7,000 per day.

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Louisiana Democratic House Candidate: ‘The federal government has issued a death sentence to South Louisiana’s economy.’


Ravi Sangisetty, who’s running for Congress in Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, is starting to sound like my kind of Democrat:

Ravi Sangisetty, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the Louisiana Third District, said the federal government has issued a death sentence to South Louisiana’s economy.

“Last night the President went on TV and said, ‘If something isn’t working, we want to hear about it,’” Sangisetty said. “Well, because of the federal government and BP, the list of things that aren’t working is pretty long. The federal government’s moratorium means the oil rigs aren’t working; failure to regulate BP means now the Gulf is full of oil; the oil means the fishermen aren’t working; that means our restaurants and tourism industries aren’t working. Mr. President, the federal government stopped South Louisiana from working.”

Sangisetty said that safety must be ensured on the deepwater rigs in a matter of days, not months. He also said that domestic oil is key to our national economy and security.

“The President chastised America for sending a billion dollars a day to foreign countries for their oil,” Sangisetty said. “Domestic oil is a perfect way to counter that, however our ability to drill our own oil has been crippled because Washington is broken. We have a serious problem down here. We need a solution for coastal economy that puts South Louisiana back to work now.”

Ravi Sangisetty is a pro-life, pro-gun conservative Democrat.

It sounds like he and the Republican most likely to face him, Hunt Downer, are on the same page here:

The President has spent so much time studying that he forgot how to make things happen. His approach has all the hallmarks of a disengaged White House, more eager to find a simplistic political sound bite than develop a comprehensive response to the disaster. Today, the White House was quoted by THE HILL as defending the President’s golfing habits by saying it is done to “clear his mind.” If the defense of the President spending so much time on golf instead of in the Gulf is to clear his mind . . . then the President’s mind must be as empty as his promises to our people.

When Governor Jindal led from the front, proposing a coastline reconstruction plan, the President called for a study, allowing oil to reach our shores. When we cried out for sand berms, the President pulled out the red tape, hoping the disaster would just go away. When business leaders cried out for a recovery plan, the President slapped a moratorium on drilling that will destroy our local economy. This isn’t the politics of Hope and Change; it’s the politics of despair and destruction.

Tags: Hunt Downer , Ravi Sangisetty

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