Louisiana's 6th congressional district special election, 2008

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The February 2, 2008 resignation of Republican Richard Baker triggered a special election for Louisiana's 6th district. In anticipation of this election, party qualifying occurred before Baker's resignation.[1] The timeline mirrored that of the 2008 special election for the 1st congressional district.[1] The two elections were the first Louisiana congressional elections not based on Louisiana's jungle primary system since the 1970s.

Democrat Don Cazayoux won the 6th district election, beating Republican Woody Jenkins by three percentage points, as well as two independent candidates and a member of the Constitution Party.[2] He was sworn in on May 6, switching the party affiliation of the seat. (This was the second time such a party switch occurred due to a special election during the 110th Congress.)

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Cazayoux 16,636 34.93
Democratic Michael L. Jackson 12,941 27.17
Democratic Jason DeCuir 8,824 18.53
Democratic Andy Kopplin 8,211 17.24
Democratic Joe Delatte 1,020 2.14
Total votes 47,632 100.00
Democratic primary runoff results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Cazayoux 19,806 56.79
Democratic Michael Jackson 15,068 43.21
Total votes 34,874 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Woody Jenkins 14,900 49.87
Republican Laurinda L. Calongne 7,609 25.47
Republican Paul Sawyer 6,939 23.23
Republican Michael Cloonan 427 1.43
Total votes 29,875 100.00
Republican primary runoff results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Woody Jenkins 15,179 61.94
Republican Laurinda L. Calongne 9,327 38.06
Total votes 24,506 100.00

Constitution Party[edit]

Independent candidates[edit]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Louisiana's 6th congressional district special election, 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Cazayoux 49,702 49.20
Republican Woody Jenkins 46,741 46.27
Independent Ashley Casey 3,718 3.68
Independent Peter J. Aranyosi 448 0.44
Constitution Randall T. Hayes 402 0.40
Total votes 101,011 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

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