Jeff Landry wins Louisiana governorship, flipping the state for Republicans

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry testifies during the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing on March 30, 2023.

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Democrats’ two-term hold on the governorship of Louisiana will come to an end next year after Republican state Attorney General Jeff Landry won the seat Saturday by capturing a majority in an all-party primary.

Landry had more than 51% of the vote when The Associated Press called the race after 11 p.m. ET, running far ahead on a ballot that featured 16 candidates, including Democrats, independents and Republicans.

The victory precedes two more red state governor’s elections this fall, including one in which Republicans hope to flip a seat. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, of Kentucky, is running for a second term in November. Tate Reeves, a Mississippi candidate, is also running. Landry, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, consolidated support. But Landry, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, consolidated support.

Wilson ran in second place with 26%, while the third-place Republican, Stephen Waguespack, was far behind with 6%.

Landry will succeed Democratic Gov. Landry will succeed Democratic Gov. Landry, the Republican former member in Congress, has spoken out about his support of the state’s nearly total ban on abortion. He has also promoted his work on the opioid epidemic and crime as Attorney General.

Landry’s first TV ad for the election was centered on criminal justice. It highlighted his career as an officer of police and his time spent as attorney general, and featured him saying: “Your criminal justice is broken.” We will hold everyone accountable, including the police, for violent crimes. Landry has long been considered the GOP’s favorite. AdImpact’s ad tracking platform AdImpact reports that Landry was the top fundraiser for the campaign, and spent nearly $9 million on television ads. And he was endorsed by a slew of elected Republicans in addition to Trump, including Sen. Bill Cassidy and Reps. Steve Scalise, Clay Higgins and Mike Johnson.

Wilson spent over $730,000 on the airwaves, not nearly as much as Landry. In his campaign, Wilson spent a lot of time pledging “to bridge divides” as well as “finding common ground.” Edwards, state Democratic Party, and Democratic Rep. also endorsed him. Troy Carter.

Wilson was also the subject of attack ads funded by a group tied to the Republican Governors Association. In one of these ads, the narrator refers to Wilson as “Biden’s buddy”, tying him with President Joe Biden.