Election Coverage

Oct 15, 2012 1:51 PM by AP

Freshman Rep. Richmond faces 4 in 2nd District

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The geography has changed for U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond as he seeks his second term in Congress but the demographics and the power of incumbency are in his favor as he takes on four little-known challengers.

Richmond, a Democrat, won the 2nd District seat in 2010, when, the district tied together predominantly black areas of New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish.

When lawmakers redrew district lines to account for population shifts after the 2010 census, the district remained mostly black and Democratic, but it now stretches northwest along the Mississippi River into the Baton Rouge area.

Richmond has one opponent from his new territory: Dwayne Bailey, a black republican from Ascension Parish. Other candidates - Democrat Gary Landrieu, Libertarian Caleb Trotter and Republican Josue Larose - list New Orleans addresses.


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