Barack Obama is our new president
By: CARISSA HEBERT
Ronald “T” Doucet led most of the night Tuesday as the election returns began flowing into the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court’s office and was declared the winner at the end of the night in the Ward One Marshal’s race.
The race had 31 precincts to report, and Doucet had a big lead with 631 votes after early voting results were released. Matte took the lead after 27 precincts reported with 23 votes. By the report of the 29th precinct, Matte had a lead of 232 votes, and after the last two precincts were calculated, Doucet won by 137 votes. Doucet claimed the seat in this runoff with 4,030 votes (50.86 percent). Matte had 3,893 votes (49.14 percent).
Although Evangeline Parish and Louisiana voted for John McCain for U.S. president, Barack Obama made history and became the first African American candidate to win the presidency.
Parishwide, Obama had 5,852 votes (36.63 percent) and McCain had 9,792 votes (61.30 percent). Statewide, Obama had 780,981 votes (39.89 percent) and McCain had 1,147,603 votes (58.61) percent. Nationwide, with 49 states reporting at press time Wednesday, Obama had 63,687,862 votes (52 percent), according to Google News. McCain had 56,283,891 votes (46 percent). Obama also gained 349 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. McCain had 162.
In Mamou’s runoff for the District Four alderman seat, Robin Young was the winner with 223 votes (60.43 percent). Mark Jerry Deshotels had 146 votes (39.57 percent).
In other important races, the parish re-elected U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, who also won at the state level. Parishwide, Landrieu had 8,080 votes (52.77 percent) and John Kennedy had 6,852 (44.75 percent.) Statewide, Landrieu had 986,411 (52.08 percent) and Kennedy had 866,624 (45.75 percent).
The parish went with Donald “Don” Cravins Jr. for the U.S. Representative seat, but he lost at the Sixth Congressional District level to incumbent U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany Jr. The parish cast 4,261 votes for Boustany (45.85 percent) and 4,432 votes for Cravins (47.69 percent). In the district, Boustany received 177,150 votes (61.89 percent) and Cravins received 98,260 votes (34.33 percent). Eunice’s Peter Vidrine received 10,845 votes (3.79 percent); 600 of those votes were cast by parish residents.
The parish’s Ward Four renewed its road district millage for 20 years with 734 yes votes (62.84 percent) and 434 no votes (37.16 percent).
In the amendments to the constitution, the statewide results are as follows:
•Amendment One was approved with 1,129,711 votes (69.44 percent) for establishing term limits for members of state boards and commissions.
•Amendment Two was approved with 951,980 votes (59.75 percent) for requiring two additional days of notice before calling a special legislative session.
•Amendment Three was approved with 981,398 votes (61.79 percent) for allowing temporary successors to be appointed for legislators who are called to active military duty.
•Amendment Four failed with 875,138 no votes (55.42 percent). It would have redistributed the severance tax revenue.
•Amendment Five failed with 779,996 votes (50.06 percent). It would have allowed the transfer of special property tax assessment level for certain homeowners.
•Amendment Six failed with 786,884 votes (50.51 percent). It would have changed the requirements for public bodies to re-sell expropriated property.
•Amendment Seven failed with 841,869 votes (55.66 percent). It would have authorized certain post-retirement benefit funds to be invested in stocks.
All parish votes will be certified Friday.