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Democrat Wins Louisiana Governor Election In Upset For Republicans

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Democrat Wins Louisiana Governor Election In Upset For Republicans

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By Kathy Finn

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) — Democrat John Bel Edwards won election on Saturday as the next governor of Louisiana, staking a rare victory for his party in the conservative U.S. South, daily newspaper The Advocate and WWL-TV projected.

Edwards, a 49-year-old state legislator, defeated Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter in a hotly contested runoff election that defied the political headwinds in a state where Republicans currently hold all statewide offices.

Vitter, 54, was haunted during the race by his entanglement in a 2007 prostitution scandal in Washington. After a bruising primary last month left state Republicans divided, Edwards seized the opening to become the only Democratic governor south of Virginia.

Edwards, an anti-abortion, pro-gun Democrat, will replace outgoing Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, who is unpopular in his state and barred by term limits from seeking re-election. Jindal did not endorse a candidate.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein. Editing by Kevin Murphy.)

Photo: Louisiana Gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters during a Veterans Day event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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  1. 1standlastword November 22, 2015

    Jindal’s lies about an improved LA economy clearly didn’t bare fruit and were exposed as being the typical ‘electoral-season-math’ LOL!!!!!.

    This was a “economic” election (Vitter’s infidelities withstanding) and that is always favorable for democrats. Even Trump knows this principle as he said “the economy tends to do better under Democrats”

    And if we dare to go back to 1921-1933 to Harding, Hoover and Coolidge we see the birth of this pattern with FDR and the start 30-years of Democratic administrations and improved economic times.

    Now, if Edwards can avert a terrorist attack happening in his state Democrats will hold that house as long as the economy grows!

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  2. @HawaiianTater November 22, 2015

    “Edwards, an anti-abortion, pro-gun Democrat…”

    Sounds like a moderate Republican running as a Democrat to me but hey, still better than what the GOP has become.

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    1. Sand_Cat November 22, 2015

      There are no more moderate Republicans, so you’re probably right.

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      1. @HawaiianTater November 22, 2015

        By all rights, people like Edwards, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee should be Republicans. Or, at least, they’re what Republicans should be.

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  3. FT66 November 22, 2015

    A good upset and a good warming up start for 2016. Thank you to those who have made this happen.

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    1. johninPCFL November 23, 2015

      Meh. Two decades ago Edwards would have run as GOP.

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  4. Insinnergy November 22, 2015

    Jindal… what a joke.

    If term limits didn’t apply he’d have been a goner anyway.
    Apparently a 70% disapproval rating in his own state.
    What a giant tool.

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