While President Barack Obama was soundly thumped statewide by GOP challenger Mitt Romney in last Tuesday's election — Romney received 57.8 percent of Louisiana's presidential vote to Obama's 40.6 percent — the numbers in Orleans Parish told a story of a bright blue dot in a deep red state. Obama received 80.3 percent of the vote in Orleans, while Romney took only 17.8 percent.
The New Orleans returns bested Obama's showing in some of the country's most liberal West Coast regions. Multnomah County, Oregon (Portland), went for Obama with 75.6 percent of the vote; King County, Washington (Seattle) managed 68.5 percent; and the County of Los Angeles scored 69.3 percent of the vote for the president. Only San Francisco, where Obama received 83 percent of the vote, scored higher than Orleans for Obama. — KEVIN ALLMAN