Louisiana held what is referred to as a “jungle” primary
yesterday – an election where all candidates from all parties run on the same
In a jungle primary, if a candidate secures more than 50% of
the vote, he or she is declared the winner and a general election is not
needed. If that is not met, the top two vote getters move on to the general
election and run against each other.
All 105 state house seats and all 39 state senate seats were
also on the ballot yesterday. The 2020 session will see the highest turnover
rate since 2007. Sixteen (16) senators and thirty-one (31) representatives were
unable to run for re-election due to constitutionally implemented term limits.
That list included both the Senate President and the Speaker of the House.
Several other lawmakers decided not to run for re-election, even though they
were not yet termed out – this led to only sixty-two (62) incumbent house
members and twenty-one (21) incumbent senators running on the ballot. As of
9:00AM EST, three (3) incumbents have lost their seats.
However, voters will be going to the polls in mid-November
for the general election, as no gubernatorial candidate reached the necessary
threshold. Incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards (D) captured 47% of the vote and
businessman Eddie Rispone (R) netted 27%.
Governor Edwards distanced himself from the impeachment
inquiry against President Trump, saying it is a disruption from governing in
According to a new Gray Television poll, of their six local
affiliates around the state, 57% of Louisiana voters oppose impeachment of the
president, while 35% support it.
Democrats thought the Governor’s conservative policy
background, and his lead in his last election, as reasons for why they would be
able skip the November runoff and easily return to the governor’s mansion.
However, Trump held a last-minute rally in Louisiana on
Friday to get out to vote for Rispone and keep Edwards from breaking 50%. It may
have made all of the difference. Focusing on Democrats who want to impeach him,
Trump railed against his own opponents in Washington – with whom Edwards shares
Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a political campaign ratings and
review website based out of the University of Virginia, now rates the Nov. 16 Louisiana
general election as a “tossup.”
Edwards must now run against Rispone, who has the support of
a president. President Trump in 2016 won Louisiana by 20 points. According to
the latest Morning Consult tracking poll, Trump’s approval rating in Louisiana
is currently at 56%.