Louisiana Spotlight for November 12, 2012

By MELINDA DESLATTE

Associated Press

While national pundits comb through the election returns for trends and tidbits, the results in Louisiana highlight some themes as well.

People here are pro-gun and pro-term limits. They support their incumbent congressmen, and they have less interest in the long list of constitutional amendments lawmakers put on the ballot year after year than they do in other races.

While the election results offered few surprises in Louisiana, they reinforced that the state is overwhelmingly red.

Louisiana’s voters definitively chose unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney over Democratic President Barack Obama. Romney got 58 percent of the vote here, compared to 41 percent for Obama. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1 percent.

Obama won only 10 of the state’s 64 parishes, including Caddo, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Iberville, Madison, Orleans, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Tensas.

Romney received 344,000 more votes than the president, out of the nearly 2 million votes.

Maybe a bit unexpected, Obama’s support ticked upward slightly over 2008, when he got 40 percent of the vote in Louisiana, compared to 59 percent for Republican John McCain.

Some themes from Louisiana’s election returns:

Melinda Deslatte covers Louisiana politics for The Associated Press.