|Obama wins; voters here favor McCain, Landrieu|
Concordia voters favored Sen. John McCain for President and helped re-elect Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu to a third term during Tuesday's Presidential election.
But McCain, the Republican from Arizona, lost nationally to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who became the first black American to win the Presidency in the nation's history.
Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said 70 percent of the parish electorate turned out for Tuesday's election.
"It's the biggest turnout I've seen in 42 years," said Webber. "We had a couple of minor problems, all resolved, and I'm tickled that things went so smoothely."
In Concordia, McCain polled 5,668 votes (59.49%) to Obama's 3,766. Statewide, McCain polled 1,147,603 (58.61%) of the vote, while Obama tallied 780,981 (39.89%).
McCain led in early votes and carried 15 precincts to six for Obama.
Nationwide, Obama won with 52 percent of the vote -- 55,405,834 -- to 50,659,481 for McCain. He led in electoral votes, 338 to 141.
Landrieu, a Democrat, carried 51.53% of the vote in Senate race in Concordia, to outdistance State Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican, 4,687 to 4,175.
She received 986,411 votes (52.085%) statewide to Kennedy's 866,624.
Kennedy won in early voting and led in 13 percincts in the parish, while Landrieu led in eight.