After weeks of rumor, state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has made it official and joined the Republican Party. Cutting his ties with the Democrats was widely anticipated — the Blue Dog was the only attorney general to join a group of Republican attorneys general in filing suit against the health care reform bill.

With Caldwell’s defection to the GOP, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is the only statewide-elected Democrat left in Louisiana. Read more about the Republicans’ turnaround here.

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