Group questions Louisiana's influence

by Gerard Shields // Published November 14, 2005 in The Louisiana Advocate

Louisiana finished 29th in the states that played a critical role in picking the president last year, a voting advocacy group said. The report by FairVote tallied advertisements and candidate visits for the last five weeks of the presidential campaign.

"Louisiana is completely ignored," FairVote chairman and former U.S. Rep. John B. Anderson of Illinois said in a statement. "Long gone are the days when the Pelican State mattered in presidential races."

Seeing that the state was leaning toward incumbent President Bush, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., pulled his advertisements and campaign resources out of the state early.