Louisiana Republicans swept elections for three statewide offices Saturday following Attorney General Jeff Landry’s gubernatorial victory.
The Louisiana GOP secured victories in runoff races for attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer.
With the election victories, the GOP will hold all of Louisiana’s statewide offices for the first time since 2015.
The GOP also has a two-third supermajority in the House and Senate, the Associated Press noted.
“Democrats just got demolished in Louisiana. This was a trouncing. Republicans won all 3 statewide races by a 2-1 margin. Louisiana elected its 1st female AG & 1st woman elected as SOS. Republicans control every statewide office & supermajorities in the House/Senate,” Scott Presler commented.
Democrats just got demolished in Louisiana. This was a trouncing.
Republicans won all 3 statewide races by a 2-1 margin.
Louisiana elected its 1st female AG & 1st woman elected as SOS.
Republicans control every statewide office & supermajorities in the House/Senate.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 19, 2023
Liz Murrill was elected as attorney general, Nancy Landry as secretary of state and John Fleming as treasurer. The results also mean Louisiana will have its first female attorney general and first woman elected as secretary of state.
Saturday’s election completes the shaping of Louisiana’s executive branch, where most incumbents didn’t seek reelection and opened the door for new leadership in some of the most powerful positions.
Louisiana’s gubernatorial election was decided in October when Jeff Landry, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump, won outright and avoided a runoff. Current Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, was unable to run for reelection due to term limits.
Also for the Republicans, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain were reelected last month and Tim Temple was elected insurance commissioner.
Despite a low voter turnout, Saturday’s election caught the eye of Trump, who endorsed the Republican candidates in each of the three statewide races.
The three Republicans “are outstanding in every way and have my complete and total endorsement,” Trump said in a statement issued by the Louisiana Republican Party.
NEW: Democrats Get ‘Trounced’ in Louisiana: Republicans Win Trifecta of Elections & Take State Control https://t.co/kYxr2vSTD5
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 19, 2023
The Shreveport Times added:
For only the second time in modern history the GOP will hold every statewide office. The only other time Republicans had a lock on statewide offices was 2015 before Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards was inaugurated in 2016 for the first of his two terms. Edwards was term limited couldn’t run again this cycle.
Fleming, Landry and Murrill join Gov.-elect Landry, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, the incumbent who won without opposition, new Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple, who ran without opposition after incumbent Jim Donelon didn’t seek reelection, and U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy.
Republicans also strengthened their super majorities in both the state House and Senate during this election cycle.Advertisement
In Saturday’s elections:
Murrill defeated Democrat Lindsey Cheek by winning 66% of the vote. Murrill has served as Jeff Landry’s solicitor general for the past eight years.
Landry defeated Democrat “Gwen” Collins-Greenup by winning 67% of the vote. Landry, a former state representative, had been serving as Ardoin’s chief deputy.
Fleming defeated Democrat Dustin Granger by winning 65% of the early vote. Fleming is a former congressman who represented the 4th Congressional District with Shreveport-Bossier City as the population hub and was deputy chief of staff for former President Donald Trump.