Nation: Going One Up

Treen wins in Louisiana

As a Republican trying to become the Governor of Louisiana, David Treen, 51, faced an electorate that was 95% Democratic. What was more, no Republican had been elected to the office since Reconstruction. But last week the four-term Congressman defeated liberal Democrat Louis Lambert, 690,691 to 681,134.

Treen won by emphasizing his staunchly conservative stands in a state where the Democrats often vote like Republicans. Surprisingly, he got the backing of all the major Democrats that Lambert had beaten in the primary. A pro-union populist with a careening political style, Lambert hurt his own cause by suggesting Treen was...

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