BREAKING: Louisiana Governor’s Mansion flips RED as Trump-endorsed Jeff Landry elected in stunning victory

Landry received over 50% of the vote, meeting the threshold to avoid a runoff.


Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry claimed victory in the state's gubernatorial race, as projected by the AP

"Landry, 52, has raised the profile of attorney general since being elected in 2015. He has used his office to champion conservative policy positions" the AP reported.

Conservative voting activist Scott Presler, who was instrumental in get out the vote efforts in the state, celebrated the victory, tweeting: "Spent a good part of the last year working on the Louisiana gubernatorial race. People thought I was crazy for thinking we could win outright. Congratulations Governor-Elect Jeff Landry. Thank you to everyone that wrote letters to new movers. Holy cow. We did it."

The competition saw Landry amidst a crowded field of more than a dozen candidates in the jungle primary, where candidates from all parties share the same ballot. Initially anticipated to head to a runoff between the top two vote-getters if no candidate secured over 50 percent of the vote, Landry surpassed this threshold, securing more than half of the vote as of late Saturday night.

Enjoying the support of former President Trump, Landry was expected by many political observers to face Democrat Shawn Wilson in a runoff scheduled for November.

However, Landry's strong performance on Saturday has provided a boost to the GOP, particularly its conservative and populist wing.

Representing the initial significant trial for both Republicans and Democrats leading up to the 2024 elections, the result may indicate an advantageous position for the Republicans as they approach the upcoming races this year and the subsequent presidential election year.

Landry is set to succeed the term-limited Gov. John Bel Edwards, who was the lone Democrat governor in the South.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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