Barack Obama claims presidency
Democrat Barack Obama, the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, rode a tidal wave of voter support Tuesday to become the first African American to win the office of U.S. President.
A record turnout of voters propelled the candidacy of Obama and his vice presidential running mate Joe Biden, the U.S. Senator from Delaware.
Acadia Parish and Louisiana, however, gave its support to the Republican ticket of U.S. Senator John McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
McCain and Palin carried Acadia with 19,228 (71.99%) votes, compared to Obama and Biden, who claimed 7,028 (26.31%) votes. The remainder of 554 votes were scattered among seven minor presidential candidates.
Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009.
Landrieu wins bid
Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu secured a third term as Louisiana senior U.S. Senator, though she finished behind Republican John Kennedy in Acadia Parish.
Kennedy took 14,090 (53.95%) votes in Acadia, while Landrieu had 11,363 (43.58%) votes. Three minor candidates shared 644 votes.