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U.S. Rep. Garret Graves 

In the south Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District, rookie Republican Congressman Garret Graves appears to have reelection.

With 43 percent of the vote counted, Graves has 65 percent of the vote – well ahead of his five challengers.

The 6th District includes 13 parishes and is considered one of the most Republican-leaning in the nation.

The district extends from southeast Baton Rouge to the suburbs west of New Orleans and through the bayou communities, including parts of Houma.

“His relentless efforts following the August floods and subsequent recovery effort have not gone unnoticed by his constituents in south Louisiana,” Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere said in a press release. “The voters have reelected him without a runoff, and we congratulate him in this victory.”

In 2014, 11 candidates competed for the congressional seat, including two women and two black people. In his re-election bid, Graves faced two Democrats, a Libertarian, another Republican and a candidate without party affiliation. None of the candidates is even remotely as well-known as Edwards.

Graves said his work in several areas, including federal highway aid for Louisiana, helped win another term in Congress. Top state officials have credited Louisiana's congressional delegation, including Graves, for helping the state land federal grants and other aid in recent months. That includes $20 million to replace the often-congested Washington Street exit on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.

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