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State Sen. Francis Heitmeier dropped out of the runoff election Tuesday to become Louisiana's next secretary of state, essentially handing the post to his colleague, state Sen. Jay Dardenne.
Heitmeier blamed his decision on the displacement of south Louisiana voters who form the Democrat's base in the New Orleans area.
Lee said Heitmeier's departure from the race was the first clear example of how the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora of voters affects how Democrats campaign for office. The Louisiana Democratic Party couldn't even recruit a candidate to run in the September election for insurance commissioner, leaving two Republicans to battle for the job.