The three victories mean that Republicans have secured every statewide elected office for the first time since 2015
By Frank Fang
Republicans on Nov. 18 swept three statewide runoff elections in Louisiana, securing wins in the races for attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer.
The three victories mean that Republicans secured every statewide elected office for the first time since 2015, the year Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won the first of his two terms in office. Mr. Edwards’s successor is Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican who won the governorship outright in October and avoided a runoff.
On Nov. 18, Liz Murrill was elected as attorney general, and Nancy Landry was elected as secretary of state, becoming the state’s first women to hold the key roles. John Fleming was elected as treasurer. All three secured more than 65 percent of the vote, according to the Louisiana secretary of state’s office.
Ms. Murrill, Ms. Landry, and Mr. Fleming were all endorsed by former President Donald Trump, as was Mr. Landry. Ms. Landry isn’t related to the governor-elect.
The three Republicans “are outstanding in every way and have my Complete and Total Endorsement,” President Trump wrote on his Truth Social account on Nov. 16. “We need Republican Leadership in the Great State of Louisiana.”
“I’m so humble and I’m honored that the people of our state have chosen me to represent you and us and to fight for you,” Ms. Murrill said in her victory speech on Nov. 18.
“Our people, especially those in the energy sector, fear losing their jobs. Families here in Louisiana have been devastated by the opioid epidemic and fentanyl that’s coming in across an open border. And Washington every day is inching closer to stripping away the freedoms and our independence as a state.
“I will continue to fight against that kind of overreach, I will fight to make sure that we have a safe state and safe communities.”
Louisiana’s overdose death rate of 55.9 per 100,000 ranked third in the nation behind West Virginia (90.9) and Tennessee (56.6), according to 2021 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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