The Green Papers: Louisiana 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Open Primary: Saturday 24 October 2015
✓ General/Runoff: Gov: Saturday 21 November 2015
Thursday 10 September 2015 - Filing Deadline.
Saturday 24 October 2015 - Open Primary. Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC).
Saturday 21 November 2015 - General/Runoff: Gov. Polling hours 7:00a CST (1300 UTC) to 8:00p CST (0200 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:4,553,962 (1.47% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:8(1.49% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:6(1.38% of 435)
Capital:Baton Rouge
 

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Louisiana State and Local Government

Louisiana 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


There are no party primaries in Louisiana. All candidates from all parties appear on the open primary ballot. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a runoff is held between the top two vote getters.

  • Elections for Governor and statewide officers are held every 4 years. The primary is on the second to last Saturday in October and the runoff is on the fourth Saturday after the second to last Saturday in October.
  • Congressional elections are held every two years. The primary is on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and the run-off (where necessary) is held 32 days thereafter (on the first Saturday after the first Wednesday in December).

Candidates can withdraw until poll closing time on election day. Should a candidate withdraw after the ballots are printed, votes cast for that candidate are not counted.


2015 election calendar.


24 October 2015
results from AP and
returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State.


Qualified candidates from the Louisiana Department of State.


Saturday 24 October 2015 Open Primary. Statewide contests proceeding to runoff:

Governor. state Representative John Bel Edwards (Democratic 40%) v Senator David Vitter (Republican 23%).

Lieutenant Governor: Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden (Democratic 33%) v former Plaquemines Parish President "Billy" Nungesser (Republican 30%).

Attorney General: Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell (Repbulican 35%) v former Congressman "Jeff" Landry (Republican 33%).

21 November 2015 returns from an official source.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator William M. "Bill" Cassidy
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator William M. "Bill" Cassidy
FEC S4LA00107

Class 3 Republican Senator David B. Vitter
First elected: 2004; re-elected: 2010.
(also served in U.S. House- first elected in a special election [to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Bob Livingston]: 1999; re-elected: 2000, 2002.)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 21 January 2014: Announced he will run for Governor in 2015.
21 November 2015: Announced retirement after losing Governor's contest.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
CD 3

FEC H4LA07029; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,982,517; Dsb $891,464
  Candidate Republican     Thomas Patrick Clements
FEC S4LA00149; 30 Sep 15; Tot $0; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     Congressman John Calvin Fleming, Jr.
CD 4

FEC H8LA04225; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,499,653; Dsb $267,505
    Republican     Senator David B. Vitter - apparently not a candidate
21 November 2015: Announced retirement after loosing Governor's contest.

FEC S4LA00057; 30 Sep 15; Tot $141,959; Dsb $156,884

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election
Open
Republican Governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Chair up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At Term Limit
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic 646,860 56.11% state Representative John Bel Edwards
Received 40% in the 24 October primary. Proceeds to 21 November 2015 runoff
  Candidate Republican 505,929 43.89% Senator David Vitter
Received 23% in the 24 October primary. Proceeds to 21 November 2015 runoff
Total 1,152,789 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015. Elected separately from Governor.

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Lieutenant Governor "Jay" Dardenne
First elected in a special election: 2010; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
Open Seat - 21 March 2013: Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says that he "intends" to run for Governor.
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 628,864 55.38% former Plaquemines Parish President "Billy" Nungesser
Received 30% in the 24 October primary. Proceeds to 21 November 2015 runoff
  Candidate Democratic 506,578 44.62% Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden
Received 33% in the 24 October primary. Proceeds to 21 November 2015 runoff
Total 1,135,442 100.00%  

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (3 Undetermined, 2 Open);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
First elected in a special election 3 May 2008 to fill the vacancy re: Congresman Piyush "Bobby" Jindal election as Governor
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
FEC H0LA01087; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,623,371; Dsb $1,183,577

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman Cedric L. Richmond
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Cedric L. Richmond
FEC H8LA02054; 30 Sep 15; Tot $417,371; Dsb $210,384

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 23 November 2015: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016.

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman John Calvin Fleming, Jr.
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 23 November 2015: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016.

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Ralph Lee Abraham
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Ralph Lee Abraham
FEC H4LA05221; 30 Sep 15; Tot $160,022; Dsb $81,858

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman Garret Graves
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Garret Graves
FEC H4LA06153; 30 Sep 15; Tot $575,375; Dsb $439,473
  Candidate Democratic     Richard Lieberman
FEC H4LA06062

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler
• Re-elected Saturday 24 October 2015
Appointed 22 November 2010 upon the election of Secretary of State "Jay" Dardenne as Lieutenant Governor; first elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 649,540 62.21% Secretary of State J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler
  Candidate Democratic 394,587 37.79% "Chris" Tyson
Total 1,044,127 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell
First elected: 2007 as a Democrat; re-elected: 2011 as a Republican
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 610,433 56.30% former Congressman "Jeff" Landry
Received 33% in the 24 October primary. Proceeds to 21 November 2015 runoff
  Candidate Republican 473,869 43.70% Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell
Received 35% in the 24 October primary. Proceeds to 21 November 2015 runoff
Total 1,084,302 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
• Re-elected Saturday 24 October 2015
First elected as a Democrat: 1999; re-elected: 2003; switched affiliation to Republican 27 August 2007; re-elected: 2007, 2011
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 787,677 80.09% Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
  Candidate Republican 195,791 19.91% Jennifer Treadway
Total 983,468 100.00%  

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Michael G. "Mike" Strain
• Re-elected Saturday 24 October 2015
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 603,892 58.17% Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Michael G. "Mike" Strain
  Candidate Democratic 312,705 30.12% "Charlie" Greer
  Candidate Republican 85,424 8.23% Jamie LaBranche
  Candidate Green 36,214 3.49% Adrian "Ace" Juttner
Total 1,038,235 100.00%  

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon
• Re-elected Saturday 24 October 2015
Appointed: 16 February 2006; first elected in Special Election 30 September 2006; re-elected: 2007, 2011
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 24 October 2015
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 561,743 53.52% Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon
  Candidate Democratic 199,606 19.02% Charlotte C. McDaniel McGehee
  Candidate Republican 147,558 14.06% Matt Parker
  Candidate Democratic 140,636 13.40% Donald Hodge, Jr.
Total 1,049,543 100.00%  
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 incumbent, 8 candidates
  Republican: 14 incumbents, 18 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Unity
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

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Election Authority
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  Louisiana Ethics Administration
  Louisiana Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
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Democratic
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Republican
  The Republican Party of Louisiana
Third Party
  Constitution Party of Louisiana
  Green Party of Louisiana
  Justice Party of Louisiana
  Libertarian Party of Louisiana
  The Libertarian Party Of Louisiana
  The Unity Party of Louisiana
Media & others
  American Press - Lake Charles
  COX.net - New Orleans
  Crowley Post Signal
  Daily Comet - Thibodaux
  DeRidder Beauregard Daily News
  Houma Today - The Courier - Terrebonne Parish
  KATC TV - Lafayette
  Louisiana Politics by John Maginnis
  Louisiana Progress - Baton Rouge
  Louisiana Radio Network
  Monroe Free Press
  New Orleans CityBusiness
  NewsLink.org - Louisiana
  Politics1.com - Louisiana
  St. Mary and Franklin Banner-Tribune
  The Daily & Sunday Star - Hammond
  The Daily Advertiser - Lafayette
  The Daily Iberian - New Iberia
  The Daily Review - Morgan City
  The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
  The Hayride
  The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
  The News Star - Munroe
  The Opelousas Daily World
  The Ponchatoula Times - Tangipahoa
  The Shreveport Times
  The Times-Picayune - nola.com - New Orleans
  The Town Talk - Alexandria
  Tri-Parish Times - Houma
  WABF TV - CBS - Baton Rouge
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