The Green Papers: Louisiana 2017 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Open Primary - Special Election Treasurer: Saturday 14 October 2017
Open General (runoff, if necessary) Treasurer: Saturday 18 November 2017
Friday 14 July 2017 - Filing Deadline - Special Election Treasurer.
Saturday 14 October 2017 - Open Primary - Special Election Treasurer. Polling hours reportedly 6:00a-8:00p CDT (1100-0100 UTC).
Saturday 18 November 2017 - Open General (runoff, if necessary) Treasurer. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p CST (1300-0200 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


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.

Louisiana does not permit write-ins.


Candidate Inquiry from the Louisiana Department of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th 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 (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  William M. "Bill" Cassidy
FEC S4LA00107

Class 3 Republican Senator  John Neely Kennedy
First elected to the office of state Treasurer as a Democrat: 1999; re-elected: 2003; switched affiliation to Republican 27 August 2007; re-elected: 2007, 2011, 2015. First elected to the U.S. Senate: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor  John Bel Edwards
First elected: 2015
Chair up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Elected separately from Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor  "Billy" Nungesser
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th . 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 6 November 2018
14 June 2017: Shot in Alexandria, Virginia at a Congressional baseball team practice.
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
FEC H0LA01087; 30 Jun 17; Tot $1,318,533; Dsb $723,262

Incumbent - 115th . Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman  Cedric L. Richmond
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Cedric L. Richmond
FEC H8LA02054; 30 Jun 17; Tot $399,912; Dsb $257,512

Incumbent - 115th . Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  Clay Higgins
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Joshua S. "Josh" Guillory
FEC H8LA03037; 30 Jun 17; Tot $56,920; Dsb $10,750
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Clay Higgins
FEC H6LA03148; 30 Jun 17; Tot $225,067; Dsb $205,716

Incumbent - 115th . Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
FEC H6LA04138; 30 Jun 17; Tot $229,227; Dsb $74,040

Incumbent - 115th . Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
FEC H4LA05221; 30 Jun 17; Tot $269,551; Dsb $206,944

Incumbent - 115th . Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Garret Graves
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Garret Graves
FEC H4LA06153; 30 Jun 17; Tot $553,169; Dsb $294,004

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Secretary of State J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler
Appointed 22 November 2010 upon the election of Secretary of State "Jay" Dardenne as Lieutenant Governor; first elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015.
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Attorney General  "Jeff" Landry
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Treasurer Ron J. Henson
Appointed (re: resignation of John Neely Kennedy (Republican) who was elected to the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016): January 2017. He will serve until a special election is held in October 2017.
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019
Open Seat
 Candidate list
    Republican     Mike "MC" Lawrence - apparently not a candidate
Withdrew due to wife's breast cancer diagnosis.
    Republican     state Representative  Julie Stokes - apparently not a candidate
6 July 2017: Withdrew due to breast cancer diagnosis.
 Treasurer John Neely Kennedy (Republican) who was first elected Treasurer as a Democrat in 1999; re-elected in 2003; switched affiliation to Republican 27 August 2007; re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2015; Ran for and won the Senate Class 3 seat in 2016; Resigned effective 3 January 2017.

Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Saturday 14 October 2017
Special Election
  Candidate Independent     "Ron" Ceasar
  Candidate Republican     former state Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis
  Candidate Democratic     Derrick Edwards
  Candidate Republican     Terry Hughes
  Candidate Libertarian     Joseph D. Little
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Neil Riser
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative John M. Schroder, Sr.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner  Michael G. "Mike" Strain
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011, 2015
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Insurance Commissioner  James J. "Jim" Donelon
Appointed: 16 February 2006; first elected in Special Election 30 September 2006; re-elected: 2007, 2011, 2015
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019
 

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): 2 incumbents, 2 candidates
  Republican: 14 incumbents, 11 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Conservative USA
  Justice Party
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
 
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

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Louisiana Constitution
Election Authority
  Geaux Vote
  Louisiana Ethics Administration
  Louisiana Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Louisiana House of Representatives
  Louisiana State Legislature
  Louisiana State Senate
Democratic
  Louisiana Democratic Party
Republican
  The Republican Party of Louisiana
Third Party
  Conservative Party USA Louisiana
  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
  Daily Kingfish
  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
  New Orleans Post
  NewsLink.org - Louisiana
  Politics1.com - Louisiana
  PoliticsLA.com
  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
  WBRZ TV - ABC / The Advocate - Baton Rouge
  WDSU TV - NBC - New Orleans
  WWL AM - New Orleans

 


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  2017 Partisan Composition by State  
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  Senate Electoral Classes  
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  Statewide Political Party Strength going into the 2016 General Election  
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  Relative Political Party Strength by SECTION and Region going into the 2014 Midterm Election  
  Relative Political Party Strength by SECTION and Region coming out of the 2014 Elections  
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  Comparative Political Party Predominance in each State, 2000 thru 2014  
2014 CONGRESSIONAL Political Party Breakdown by SECTION and Region
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History
  Political Party Floor Leaders in the Congress of the United States  
  Dates of DIRECT PRIMARY Elections re: Major Party Nominations for Statewide and/or Federal Office  
  Length of Terms of Office of STATE Governors throughout American History  
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