The 2007 statewide elections in Louisiana were a watershed event. Not only did they establish Republicans as legitimate players at the Capitol for the first time, but a lot of new faces from both parties were elected to statewide offices and to the Legislature. However, while some of the conditions that created this sea change in the Louisiana political landscape have been in the making for years, other conditions could be tied to specific events, like the passage of term-limits in 1995 and the massive destruction brought about by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
It is under this context that we will, in upcoming weeks, analyze the 2007 elections, as well as what we think will happen in the future. Next week, we will discuss the context that, before a single ballot was cast, played a major factor in the 2007 elections.