Congressman Charlie Melancon’s campaign strategy of focusing on Sen. David Vitter’s 2007 prostitution scandal and the legal troubles of a former aide did virtually nothing to enhance Melancon’s re-election chances. According to exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and CNN, Vitter beat Melancon among white women 74 percent to 20 percent. That’s even better than the 71-24 margin the incumbent senator enjoyed among white men.

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