Republicans matched their party’s post-World War II record for most House seats held Saturday night by retaining two Louisiana constituencies in runoff votes.
The GOP holds 246 seats, compared to 188 for Democrats, with one race, in Arizona’s 2nd District, still outstanding. The 246 seats match the total the GOP had in 1947-49 when Harry S. Truman occupied the White House.
Republican physician Ralph Abraham won Louisiana’s 5th District congressional seat, defeating Monroe’s Democratic Mayor Jamie Mayo. The seat was lost last month by GOP incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, who was caught up in scandal after a video emerged that showed him kissing a woman who was not his wife.
Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere said Abraham “will be an excellent advocate for northeast Louisiana in Congress and a leader that Republicans can be proud of.”
Mayo, who has been the mayor of Monroe for 13 years, was the most prominent Democrat in last month’s nine-candidate open race but a long-shot on Saturday in the runoff between the top-two vote-getters.
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