- “Edwards, 53, is the only statewide elected Democrat in Louisiana.”
All the other elected Democrats in Louisiana are thinner.
To be statewide is to be really wide.
(And you thought Mississippi was our fattest state.)
Oh, wait, they meant Edwards is the only statewide-elected Democrat.
Okay, now it begins to make sense.
See what a handy little tool the properly used hyphen is?
(And see how invisible the hyphen becomes after the adverb properly?)