Scandal-Plagued "Cold-Cash" Jefferson Wins Dem Primary
Democratic Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana’s 2nd District, who is awaiting trial on federal bribery and corruption charges, received just more than a quarter of the vote in Saturday’s Democratic primary election — but that was enough to place him first in the seven-candidate field and qualify him for a primary runoff that will be held Nov. 4.
The winner of the contest between Jefferson and second-place finisher television journalist Helena Moreno will proceed to a Dec. 6 general election in the overwhelmingly Democratic, New Orleans-based district. This unusual scheduling is the result of the destruction and power outages caused by Hurricane Gustav, which forced state officials to postpone the primary that originally was planned for Sept. 6.
Jefferson, who is seeking a 10th House term, led his primary field with 25 percent, well below the majority-vote threshold needed to win the nomination outright and avoid a runoff. Moreno placed second with 20 percent. Falling short were state Rep. Cedric Richmond with 17 percent, New Orleans City Councilman James Carter and Jefferson Parish Councilman Byron Lee with 13 percent, former New Orleans Councilman Troy “C” Carter with 8 percent, who also ran against Jefferson in 2006; and Kenya J.H. Smith with 3 percent, a former aide to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
“I thank all of you who voted for me tonight to give me this chance to continue to serve you, to continue to exercise this deep embedded spirit in me for public service,” Jefferson told supporters Saturday night in remarks that were broadcast online by the Web site of WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.
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