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GOP flips Democratic state after Trump-backed candidate wins key election


Trump-backed Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Jeff Landry won his election Saturday night, flipping the Democratic-run state to Republican.

Landry succeeds Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who did not seek re-election due to term limits, according to the Associated Press. Louisiana hasn’t had a Republican governor in eight years.

“Today’s election demonstrates that our state is united,” Landry said in his victory speech. “This is a wake-up call and a message that everyone should hear loud and clear that we, the people of this state, are going to expect more from our government from here on out.”

Landry avoided a runoff under Louisiana’s “jungle primary” system by receiving more than half of the vote, the outlet reported. Runoff is typical of the state. The last time a runoff was not held was when Republican Governor Bobby Jindal was elected in 2007 and 2011.

Landry had served as Louisiana’s attorney general since 2016, according to the outlet. The 52-year-old governor-elect supports Louisiana’s conservative laws, including restrictions on abortion, laws against sexually explicit books in school libraries and transgender puberty blockers and bans on hormones for minors. (RELATED: ‘Smells of Politics’: Louisiana AG Jeff Landry Weighs In on Supreme Court Vaccine Arguments)

Landry’s victory celebration took place at a watch party in Broussard, the outlet reported. During his campaign, Landry was considered an early favorite, racking up support from former President Donald Trump, Majority Leader Steve Scalise and the state GOP.

Landry defeated several opponents in this election. There was only one Democrat, former Louisiana Department of Transportation head Shawn Wilson. He also faced Republican state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, independent candidate and attorney Hunter Lundy, Republican state Treasurer Josh Schroder and Republican Stephen Waguespack.

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