Democratic Poll: Richmond on Track to Defeat Cao in Louisiana

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Things may be looking bleak for Democrats nationally this fall but the party is still on target to take back Louisiana's 2nd district.

State Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) led Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R) 49 percent to 32 percent in the New Orleans-based district, according to a new survey from Richmond's campaign. The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted Oct. 20-21 by the Democratic firm Anzalone Liszt Research and had a 4.9 point margin of error.

The majority-black 2nd district -- which President Barack Obama carried with 75 percent in the 2008 presidential race -- has long been at the top of Democratic target lists. According to Richmond's poll 66 percent of voters in the district identify themselves as Democrats while just 19 percent identify themselves as Republicans.

The survey was conducted more than a week after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decided to pull its late ad reservations out of the district to concentrate it's money on more competitive races elsewhere in the country. The National Republican Congressional Committee is not making independent expenditures in the district either.

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