NEW ORLEANS — Republican US Rep. Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American congressman, has lost the election in his New Orleans-area district on Tuesday, a rare seat that Democrats were able to snatch from the Republicans.
Democratic state Rep. Cedric Richmond won the 2nd District seat. With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Richmond had 63 percent of the vote to Cao's 35 percent.
Cao cast himself as a bipartisan friend of Democratic President Barack Obama. But votes against two key Obama initiatives, the economic stimulus and health care overhaul, were among Richmond's attack points in a mostly Democratic district that supported Obama for president.