Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has won the Louisiana governor’s race, flipping the governor’s mansion red for the first time in eight years.
Landry, 52, defeated a large field of at least 14 candidates and won the state’s “jungle primary” with over 50% of the vote, eliminating the need for a runoff election between the top two candidates as required by Louisiana law.
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The attorney general will replace Gov. John Bel Edwards (D‑LA), who could not run for reelection due to term limits. It is a major win for the Republican Party, as the contest was one of the GOP’s best pickup opportunities heading into the 2023 off-year election cycle.
“Today’s election says that our state is united,” Landry said during his victory speech Saturday night via Associated Press. “It’s a wake-up call and it’s a message that everyone should hear loud and clear, that we the people in this state are going to expect more out of our government from here on out.”