Cedric Richmond

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Cedric Richmond

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a New Orleans attorney, represents most of New Orleans in the Louisiana Second Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives since his victory over Anh "Joseph" Cao in the 2010 general elections. He previously represented the eastern New Orleans neighborhoods that comprise District 101 in the Louisiana House of Representatives.


Democratic primary, 2010 Congressional election

Richmond and fellow state Rep. Juan LaFonta were among the first candidates to declare against Cao, and Richmond's successful first-quarter 2010 fundraising brought his war chest close to the incumbent's[1], far outpacing LaFonta's. According to his website, Richmond secured the endorsements of numerous colleagues in the state legislature - including those of Uptown-area state Reps. Neil C. Abramson and Walt Leger - and contributions from prominent Democratic lawmakers in Congress, including U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Congressional Black Caucus Institute chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).

An internal poll[2] of likely Democratic primary voters reportedly showed Richmond ahead of LaFonta 53-13 with 34 percent undecided in late June, prior to the early July filing period that brought in two more Democratic candidates, Eugene Green and Gary Johnson, for the Aug. 28 primary. In late July, Richmond was selected for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program, signifying national Democrats' belief that he makes the strongest challenger to Cao[3].

On Aug. 28, Richmond easily won the nomination with 61 percent of the vote, bypassing even a runoff[4]. LaFonta came in second with 21 percent of the vote; Green had 10 percent and Johnson had 8 percent.

General election

Richmond prevailed over Cao in the general election.


  1. UptownMessenger.com: "Richmond’s war chest approaches Cao’s"
  2. "Internal Poll: Richmond Up 40 In Louisiana"
  3. UptownMessenger.com: "National Democrats line up for Richmond"
  4. UptownMessenger.com: "Richmond's strong showing echoed in Uptown precincts"

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