Early voting count down from 2008

By JEAN L. McCORKLE jmccorkle@daily-review.com

The final tally of early voters in St. Mary Parish exceeded 2,700 when the books closed Saturday, Registrar of Voters Jolene Holcombe said in a news release.
The total of 2,776 voters in St. Mary Parish fell nearly 2,000 votes short of the last time Sen. Mary Landrieu ran for office on Nov. 4, 2008. That record-setting absentee ballot total preceded President Barak Obama’s first election, Holcombe said.
In that election, Landrieu won the state with 52.11 percent of the vote over John Kennedy. In St. Mary Parish, Landrieu won with 53.8 percent of the vote.
Election observers have repeatedly said that Landrieu’s re-election depends upon her as she runs for a fourth six-year term in office. In the open primary, 56 percent of voters chose one of the Republican candidates.
She is the last Democratic statewide elected official still standing in a state trending more Republican each election cycle.
A total of 2,776 people in St. Mary Parish cast votes by the end of early voting Saturday, Holcombe said. Early voting began Nov. 22.
On Saturday, 510 voters cast their ballots with 220 people voting in Franklin and 290 people voting in Morgan City.
As of Saturday, 1,414 Democrats have voted; 1,010 Republicans have voted; and 352 no party voters have cast ballots. A total of 1,986 white voters have cast ballots; 747 black voters have cast ballots; and 43 voters of other races have cast ballots. Further, voters were 1,296 men and 1,480 women.
Absentee voting in the Nov. 8, 2008, election totaled 4,629 with 2,696 Democrats voting along with 1,308 Republicans and 79 no party voters. A total of 3,044 were white voters; 1,506 were black; and 79 were voters of other races. Further, voters were 2,085 men and 2,544 women.
Issues on the ballot for the Dec. 6 election include the U.S. Senate runoff; 16th Judicial District Judge, Division G runoff; Justice of Peace runoffs in Wards 5, 7 and 10; Town of Baldwin police chief runoff; and the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement District one-half percent sales tax proposition.

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