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Hot Diggity, We May Have Ourselves A Real Barnburner In Louisiana

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The other problem this potentially poses for Vitter is geographic and cultural. Traylor is a good ol' boy from rural northeast Louisiana. Vitter is a Harvard-educated former Rhodes Scholar from the New Orleans area. That didn't pose a problem for Vitter when he first won election in 2004, in what was then an open nonpartisan primary. But the law was since changed and it's a closed Republican primary now, so he'll be facing Traylor straight up. Throw in Vitter's dalliances with prostitutes, and Traylor is in a strong position to exploit the old rural-urban (or New Orleans v. not New Orleans) fault lines.

Democrats in Louisiana are smiling tonight.

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