Runoffs on tap for Senate, House seats

Voters wait in line at the Eunice Municipal Complex Tuesday evening. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Kennedy, Campbell vie for Senate

Louisiana voters will return to the polls on Dec. 10 for runoff elections including one for U.S. Senate between Republican state Treasurer John N. Kennedy and Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.
Kennedy garnered 482,380 votes, 25 percent, to Campbell’s 337,682 votes, 17 percent.
Other top finishers in the 24-candidate race were U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, 15 percent; Caroline Fayard, 12 percent; U.S. Rep. John Fleming, 11 percent; and “Rob” Maness, 5 percent.
In St. Landry Parish, Boustany was the top vote-getter with 35 percent of the vote followed by Campbell with 19 percent and Kennedy with 15 percent.
In Eunice area races, there are runoffs for the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts.
In the 3rd District, Scott Angelle was first in the voting with 29 percent of the 320,064 votes cast. Making the runoff with Angelle is Clay Higgins with 26 percent of the vote.
Higgins is the former St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s captain who gained fame as the tough-talking Crime Stoppers spokesman.
In St. Landry Parish, Higgins had 45 percent of the votes followed by Angelle with 31 percent.
In the 4th District, Democrat Marshall Jones won 28 percent of the 285,872 votes cast, followed by Republican Mike Johnson.
St. Landry Parish native Republican Elbert Guillory won 7 percent of the vote.
In St. Landry Parish, Gullory had 44 percent of vote followed by Jones with 27 percent.
St. Landry Parish native James “Jimmy” Genovese captured 51 percent of the vote to defeat Marilyn Castle for the 3rd Supreme Court District seat. Genovese had 133,305 of the 261,655 votes cast.
Genovese won 73 percent of the St. Landry Parish vote cast in the race.
Republican Mike Francis won the race for the District 4 seat on the Public Service Commission with 54 percent of the 326,287 votes cast. Democrat Mary Werner won 33 percent and Republican Reldon Owens won 13 percent of the vote.
St. Landry Parish elections included the following:
— Easton Shelvin won 53 percent of the vote to defeat Madeline Taylor for the St. Landry Parish Council District 3 seat.
— Latoya Trent won the race for chief police in Washington with 69 percent of the votes. Others in the race were Mary Doucet, Daniel Trent Sr. and William Worthy.
— Nelson Barron won the election for aldermen in Port Barre with 53 percent of the vote to defeat Sammy Wayne Hardy

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