Republican Jeff Landry won a landslide election Saturday to turn Louisiana’s governor’s mansion red in one of this year’s three major gubernatorial elections, shocking political observers with a victory that spares him from having to face a Democrat in the November runoff.
Landry defeated Democrat Shawn Wilson and the rest of the voters in Louisiana’s gubernatorial election, winning about 52 percent of the vote. In Louisiana, gubernatorial elections are first open to all candidates from either party in what is called a jungle primary, and then the top two vote-getters typically advance to a second round a month later. But if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, like Landry here, he can achieve outright victory on jungle primary day.
Many expected Landry, the clear and compelling front-runner who served as Louisiana’s attorney general for many years after a stint in Congress, to easily advance to the runoff and face Wilson in November. But his extremely strong performance Saturday put him above majority support as the Associated Press called the race with him easily above the 50 percent mark, meaning Landry will be the next governor of Louisiana.
BREAKING: Republican Jeff Landry wins Louisiana gubernatorial election. #APRaceCall to 10:15 p.m. CDT. https://t.co/BkpxdgZBfx
– AP Politics (@AP_Politics) October 15, 2023
Landry will replace outgoing Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat close to Democratic President Joe Biden, next year. His convincing victory in a Deep South state represents one of those gubernatorial reversals this year in two opportunities for Republicans to do so. The other major gubernatorial election in 2023 in which the GOP can take a state from Democrats will be in Kentucky, where GOP Attorney General Daniel Cameron will face Democratic incumbent Gov. Andy Beshear. In Mississippi, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is also running for re-election, hoping to fend off a Democratic challenger.
Landry, in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, after his victory, thanked Louisiana voters and said he was ready to get to work:
Grateful beyond belief. I’m ready to get to work for Louisiana!
– Jeff Landry (@JeffLandry) October 15, 2023
Republicans nationally were also elated by Landry’s decisive victory, with Republican Governors Association Chairwoman Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa saying her vision of law and order is popular in the state.
“Congratulations to Governor-elect Jeff Landry on his impressive victory tonight. Governor-elect Landry defends law and order, puts Louisiana families first, and creates opportunity and economic prosperity,” Reynolds said. “We look forward to working with Governor-elect Landry as Louisiana’s next governor and applaud him for turning Louisiana red and putting his race aside early.” »
Landry’s victory is also a clear victory for former President Donald Trump, who supported Landry and actively encouraged his supporters in Louisiana to vote for him in the gubernatorial race.
During an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 on the Patriot Channel this summer, Landry predicted that a Republican gubernatorial victory in Louisiana this year would be a boost to Trump’s presidential prospects next year — and that electing people like him as governors in states across the country would contribute to Trump’s success. vision of trying to “make America great again.”
“When we have a critical mass of governors who believe in the same philosophy: freedom, independence and less government, you know, a balanced approach to make sure that when we balance Wall Street and Main Street, America can to get back to being great again,” Landry said.