33 Louisiana state government offices decided in general election

Louisiana held a general election for 33 state government offices on November 16, 2019. The top-two finishers in the October 12 primary advanced to the general election if no candidate received a majority of votes. In Louisiana, all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, face off in the primary election. This year, 160 state seats were on the October ballot. The general election featured three state executive positions, 29 state legislative seats, and one state judgeship.
 
All 39 Louisiana State Senate seats were on the primary ballot. Five races advanced to the general election: those in Districts 3, 11, 16, 35, and 36. The District 35 and District 36 races both featured Republican incumbents facing Republican challengers. In District 36, incumbent Ryan Gatti was defeated by candidate Robert Mills. As of election night, the District 35 race was too close to call, but challenger Jay Morris led incumbent James Fannin with 50.4% of the vote with all precincts reporting. The remaining races were for open seats. District 16 was the only race to feature inter-party opponents, one Democrat and one Republican. Candidate Franklin Foil (R) won. In District 3, two Democrats faced off and in District 11, two Republicans faced off.
 
Twenty-four of the 105 seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives advanced to the general election. All but four were races for open seats. Incumbents in Districts 62, 94, and 105 faced challengers from a different party; in District 46, incumbent Mike Huval faced a fellow Republican. Three of the four incumbents were re-elected. Huval won re-election to District 46, Roy Adams (independent) won re-election to District 62, and Stephanie Hilferty (R) won re-election to District 94. District 105 incumbent Chris Leopold (R) was defeated by Mack Cormier (D). Of the general election races, seven were guaranteed to be won by Democrats and nine were guaranteed to be won by Republicans. The remaining eight races featured candidates from two parties; of these, two were won by Democrats, five were won by Republicans, and one was won by an independent.
 
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R) faced one Democratic and two Republican challengers in the primary, advancing to the general election along with Gwen Collins-Greenup (D). Ardoin won re-election by receiving 59.1% of the unofficial vote. Collins-Greenup received 40.9% of the vote.
 
The outcomes of the secretary of state race and the gubernatorial race decided that the state government would remain a divided triplex. A state government triplex exists when one political party holds the office of governor, attorney general, and secretary of state. State Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) won re-election in the primary. With Ardoin’s win, if Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone had won election, the state would have had a Republican triplex for the first time since 2015. However, Governor John Bel Edwards (D) won re-election.
 
The three remaining state offices on the general ballot were governor, Louisiana Supreme Court 1st District, and Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education District 6.
 



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