(RightIsRight.co) – The GOP has dealt a massive blow to the Democrats as the Republican candidate – state Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Donald Trump ally – has won the gubernatorial election in Louisiana, decisively defeating his leftist rival by a two-to-one ratio.
Landry scored 51.6% of the cast votes (or nearly 550,000 ballots), while Democratic Party candidate Shawn Wilson won only 25.9% (or about 275,000 votes).
52-year-old Landry’s win signals a significant achievement for the Republican party, securing the governor’s mansion after an eight-year hiatus, The Associated Press comments in a report.
Louisiana’s outgoing Governor John Bel Edwards, the sole Democratic governor in the Deep South, was ineligible for reelection due to consecutive term constraints, the report notes, as cited by Newsmax.
“Today’s election says that our state is united. It’s a wake-up call and it’s a message that everyone should hear loud and clear, that we the people in this state are going to expect more out of our government from here on out,” Landry said in his victory.
Landry evaded the anticipated runoff under Louisiana’s “jungle primary” system after surpassing the halfway mark in the votes. AP observes that such an occurrence was last witnessed in the state during Bobby Jindal’s gubernatorial victories in 2007 and 2011.
It adds that since assuming the attorney general role in 2016, Landry has escalated the prominence of the office, ardently advocating conservative policies.
Landry’s tenure as attorney general featured numerous confrontations with Edwards, ranging from LGBTQ rights to fiscal policies.
Additionally, he thrust Louisiana into national debates over policies such as President Joe Biden’s energy production and vaccine mandates, the leftist news agency notes.
Before venturing into politics, Landry’s diversified career spanned service in the Louisiana Army National Guard, roles in law enforcement, and legal practice.
Crime in urban areas tops Landry’s list of gubernatorial priorities, as he endorses stringent crime policies and capital punishment advocacy. Louisiana present ranks as the state with the second-highest per capita murder rate in the US.
Louisiana’s election also included other pivotal state races and ballot initiatives. While Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican, was reelected, the fate of several contests will be determined in November.
One closely observed race is for attorney general, where candidates Liz Baker Murrill (Republican) and Lindsey Cheek (Democrat) proceed to a runoff.
Republican Jeff Landry projected to win Louisiana governor’s race, ending 8 years of Democrat rule
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