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NEW ORLEANS Democratic U.S. Rep Cedric Richmond fought off his challengers to avoid a runoff battle and win re-election with 53 percent of the vote.

Also on the ballot were Republicans Dwayne Bailey and Josue Larose, Libertarian Caleb Trotter and Democrat Gary Landrieu.

Landrieu finished a distant second with 26 percent of the votes.

Richmond is the only Democrat in Louisiana's House delegation. The geography of his district had changed a bit after boundary lines were redrawn following the 2010 census.

In addition to large sections of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, it now stretches northwest along the Mississippi River into the Baton Rouge area. However, it remained the state's only predominantly black congressional district, with a strong majority of voters registered as Democrats.

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