Jeff Landry Wins Louisiana Governorship, Shifting Power to Republicans


Summary: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, secured a majority in an all-party primary, ending the Democrats’ two-term hold on the governorship. Landry’s victory comes after a fierce competition featuring 16 candidates. He garnered over 51% of the vote, surpassing the leading Democratic candidate, former Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson. The win is significant as it reflects a potential shift of power in red states, with two more governor’s elections approaching this year. Landry, supported by former President Donald Trump, will succeed Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who won the conservative state in 2015 and 2019.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, emerged victorious in the governorship race, bringing an end to the Democrats’ two-term control over the position. Running against a group of 16 candidates from different parties, Landry secured a majority vote of over 51% in the all-party primary. The competition was anticipated to lead to a runoff between Landry and the leading Democratic candidate, former state Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson. However, Landry, who received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, managed to consolidate support and surpass his opponents. Wilson secured second place with 26% of the vote, while the third-place Republican candidate, Stephen Waguespack, fell far behind with only 6%.

Notably, this victory sets the stage for two more governor’s elections in red states in the coming months. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi and Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky will both be seeking reelection. The Republican party hopes to flip a seat in one of these elections.

Landry will succeed Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is term-limited after winning the conservative state in both 2015 and 2019. A former member of Congress, Landry showcased his conservative stance on various issues like abortion, the opioid crisis, and crime, during his campaign. His initial TV ad focused on criminal justice, emphasizing his experience as a police officer and attorney general, and his commitment to holding individuals accountable for violent crimes. Throughout the campaign, Landry received strong support from influential Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, Senator Bill Cassidy, and Representatives Steve Scalise, Clay Higgins, and Mike Johnson. On the other hand, Wilson, the Democratic candidate, spent significantly less on TV ads compared to Landry, while pledging to bridge divides and find common ground. He received endorsements from Democratic figures such as Gov. John Bel Edwards, the state Democratic Party, and Representative Troy Carter. Wilson faced attack ads funded by a group associated with the Republican Governors Association, which sought to link him to President Joe Biden.

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