By Mike Rizzuto
Sun Times Editor
Democratic Senator Barack Obama of Illinois became the first African-American ever elected President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, as he and running mate Joe Biden beat the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin by a 349-144 margin in the electoral college.
The popular vote was much closer, as 62,979,092 people, or 51.7%, favored Obama to 55,783,699, or 47%, for McCain.
The State of Louisiana was firmly behind McCain, as voters gave him 1,147,603 votes, or 58.6%, to 780,981, or 39.8%, for Obama.
Jeff Davis Parish was also solidly behind McCain by a margin of 9,277 (68.7%) to 3,923 (29.1%) for Obama.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu fought off a strong effort from Republican challenger John Kennedy to win another term as the Louisiana’s senator by a vote of 986,411-866,624 or 51.4%, to 866,624 or 45.6%, for Kennedy.
Jeff Davis Parish voters favored Kennedy by a margin of 6,486-6,028 or 50.5% to 47%.
In the 7th Congressional District race, Incumbent Charles Boustany retained his seat with a convincing win over Democratic challenger Donald Cravins, Jr. by a 177,150-98,260 margin, or roughly 62%-34%. Peter Vidrine of Eunice notched 10,845 votes to place third.
Jeff Davis Parish voters also chose Boustany by a 8,444-3,866 tally, or roughly 66%-30%.