Louisiana: Melancon Will Challenge Vitter

Democrats have consistently argued that Vitter is vulnerable for 2010, in part because of the scandal he faced after the 2007 revelation that his name was in the phone records of a Washington, D.C., escort service associated with prostitution. And Melancon — a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative-leaning House Democrats — provides the party with a formidable opponent for Vitter.

But the strongly conservative tendencies of Louisiana’s voters have given momentum to the state’s Republicans. Vitter, who won the seat with 51 percent of the vote in the strongly Republican year of 2004, led Melancon by 47 percent to 37 percent, in a poll done by the firm that Melancon uses, Anzalone Liszt Research, this according to a June 12 memo prepared for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Congressional Quarterly

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