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Scandal-plagued Louisiana Congressman ousted by little-known Republican

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Jake Turcotte

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Just like Thanksgiving dinner, there's always plenty of leftovers. And this year's election leftovers were served up in Georgia and Louisiana.

Although this year's Thanksgiving football games provided no upsets (what do you expect when the Lions are scheduled to play the Titans?), there was a big upset yesterday as little-known Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao knocked off the nine-term incumbent William Jefferson in the Second District of Louisiana.

Scandal-ridden

Now, Jefferson had a little baggage going into the election. He's got that federal indictment thing he's fighting. You know, the 16 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice, wire fraud, money laundering, and racketeering.

And then there's that tough-to-explain issue of the $90,000 in cash that the FBI found in his freezer.

Despite this, Jefferson was expected by most to win.  After all, only 11 percent of the residents in his district are registered as Republicans.

Let's bond

Just on Friday the Wall Street Journal quoted Edward Chervenak, a political science professor at the University of New Orleans discussing Jefferson's closeness with the voters.

"Everyone seems to underestimate William Jefferson's personal bond with his constituents," Chervenak said.

As it turns out, Jefferson has a close personal bond with 47 percent of the voters. The other 53 percent preferred a new bond -- with the future first Vietnamese-American member of Congress.

Who is Cao?

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