BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In his losing bid for the Louisiana lieutenant governor's office, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden still managed to garner 650 more votes than U.S. Senator David Vitter did his his quest for governor.
Holden said he hopes his effort sends a message statewide.
"What I try to do is let people know, they are so stuck, 'well people are not going to vote for you because you were black' and that myth needs to just be buried," he said.
Holden, a life-long Democrat, made an agreement with his Republican opponent Billy Nungesser to run a clean and positive race in the runoff.
"You know I didn't want to go through that," he said. "It's a miserable deal. People, when they're out to see which candidate they're going to vote for, they want to know your action plan not you're fussing plan."
Political analyst Jim Engster said Holden at 63 may be positioning himself for another statewide run.
"We're going to have a lot of people seeking the U.S. Senate seat from the right, but right now there's nobody from the left," Engster said. "That would seem to create an opening for Kip Holden if Kip decided to go for the gold and run for the U.S. Senate."
Holden didn't rule out a run for the Senate.
"I'm just going to leave the whole slate open and see," he said. "But I have a lot of projects that we will be rolling out in Baton Rouge and then it gives me time not to start them and leave them with somebody else, it gives me time to really be there and monitor those projects to make sure they're on track."