NEW ORLEANS—Some of the Louisiana voters who gave Republican David Vitter a second U.S. Senate term were less than enthusiastic about their pick.
Vitter took about three-fifths of the vote over Democrat Rep. Charlie Melancon, but preliminary exit poll results showed that more than half the state's voters took a dim view of him.
Frank Geraci, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker from Metairie, compared the choice facing voters in this year's Senate race to that in the 1991 governor's race. That contest pitted former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke against Democrat Edwin Edwards, who won a third term but is now completing a 10-year federal prison term for corruption and extortion.
Although neither Vitter nor Melancon was associated with the kind of activity that marked the 1991 race, they waged a nasty TV and radio campaign.