John Bel Edwards Elected Louisiana Governor

Ryan Loftis By Ryan Loftis, 23rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/296af66w/
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Democrat John Bel Edwards has been elected the governor of Louisiana.

Former Long-shot Candidate Received 56 Percent of the Vote

The voters' message in the Louisiana gubernatorial runoff election was clear, governor-elect John Bel Edwards said during his victory speech on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 21.

"This election shows us that the people of Louisiana, in a time of deep cynicism about our politics and also about our future, that people have chosen hope over scorn, over negativity, and over a distrust of others," Edwards said. "I did not create this breeze of hope that's blowing across our beautiful and blessed state, but I did catch it, and I thank God I did."

Edwards' convincing victory over Republican Sen. David Vitter - he received 56 percent of the vote - was hardly inevitable. "In a state that has not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2008, and in a part of the country where Democratic campaigns for governor are mostly suicide missions, a Republican was assumed to have an easy path to victory," wrote the New York Times' Campbell Robertson. "Mr. Vitter was thought to be just such a Republican, given his overwhelming fund-raising advantage, unquestioned conservative reputation and proven skill at crushing challengers."

What went wrong for the one-time shoo-in to be Louisiana's next governor? "A prostitution scandal from 2007, the baggage of an unpopular Republican incumbent, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and a series of state political foes with long memories dragged Mr. Vitter down before an Oct. 24 primary," Robertson wrote. "He never recovered."

Edwards pledged to work with Vitter because "every constituent he has is also going to be a constituent of mine" (the announcement Vitter wouldn't run for reelection to the Senate in 2016 drew cheers from Edwards' supporters) and called on all Louisianans to unite to confront the many challenges facing the state. He ended his speech by saying, "My pledge to you tonight remains the same as it has been for months. I will always be honest with you, I will never embarrass you, and I will get up every day fighting to put the great people of the great state of Louisiana first."

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David Vitter, John Bel Edwards, Louisiana

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