Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, preparing to be sworn in Wednesday in the Louisiana House, vowed to fight efforts by President Bush, Republican Party officials and others who would prevent him from retaining his newly elected seat.

Duke, who won a dramatic election Saturday and was scheduled to take the oath of office in the House Wednesday, scoffed at suggestions that he has not lived in the legislative district long enough."There's been many cases of residency challenges, (but) there's never been a case when the Legislature failed to seat a candidate," Duke said during a Tuesday news conference.