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David Vitter Cruises to Victory in Louisiana Senate Race

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Republican David Vitter has won his bid for reelection to Senate in Louisiana, defeating his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon.

ABC News projected Vitter the winner less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday night, with 1,513 out of 3,877 precincts reporting. Final, unofficial tallies by Louisiana's Secretary of State gave Vitter 57 percent of the votes, compared to Melancon's 38 percent. The win gives Vitter a second term. He was first elected to the post in 2004, the first Republican approved by Louisiana voters to hold a U.S. Senate seat since Reconstruction.

Vitter consistently maintained a double digit lead in the polls despite a few scandals. In 2007 his name popped up as part of an investigation into a prostitution ring, linking the senator to the so-called "D.C. Madam." In spring 2010, it was revealed that a member of his staff, Brent Furer, was arrested for attacking his girlfriend with a knife. Furer was suspended for two months without pay after the incident but has returned to service in Vitter's Senate office.

Melancon tried to use Vitter's sordid history against him, even setting up a website called serioussins.com, which featured sound bites and photos of a New Orleans prostitute who claimed Vitter was a former client. The name of the site came from Vitter's own mouth, when he declared himself forgiven by his wife and his god for his "serious sins."

The senator essentially played keep-away, avoiding the press and any probing questions while running campaign ads linking Melancon to the ever-less-popular President Barack Obama. One controversial spot claimed Melancon supported legislation for benefits for illegal immigrants. While the ad was labeled racist by some, it did n. t cause any significant dip in Vitter's poll numbers.





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