The Green Papers: Louisiana 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Open Congressional Primary and Special Secretary of State Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Congressional and Special Secretary of State Runoff (SoS): Saturday 8 December 2018
Friday 20 July 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - Open Congressional Primary and Special Secretary of State Election. Polling hours 6:00a-8:00p CST (1200-0200 UTC).
Saturday 8 December 2018 - Congressional and Special Secretary of State Runoff (SoS). Polling hours 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.


Upcoming Elections and Candidate Inquiry from the Louisiana Department of State.


6 November 2018:
View Sample Ballot and Polling Location and Candidate Inquiry from the Louisiana Department of State.

Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the 6 November 2018 election, there will be a Saturday 8 December 2018 runoff between Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin (Republican) and "Gwen" Collins-Greenup (Democratic).
Returns 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 12 October 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Eddie Rispone

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 12 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
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
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 (6) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 192,555 71.50% Congressman  Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
FEC H0LA01087; 17 Oct 18; Tot $9,592,807; Dsb $8,049,898
  Candidate Democratic 44,273 16.44% Tammy Marie Savoie
FEC H8LA01122; 17 Oct 18; Tot $233,600; Dsb $119,533
  Candidate Democratic 18,560 6.89% Lee Ann Dugas
FEC H8LA01148
  Candidate Democratic 8,688 3.23% Jim Francis
FEC H8LA01130; 17 Oct 18; Tot $74,623; Dsb $60,499
  Candidate Libertarian 2,806 1.04% Howard Kearney
FEC H6LA01225; 13 Nov 18; Tot $12,330; Dsb $12,330
  Candidate Louisiana Independent Party 2,443 0.91% Frederick 'Ferd' Jones
FEC H8LA01155
Total 269,325 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Cedric L. Richmond
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 190,182 80.59% Congressman  Cedric L. Richmond
FEC H8LA02054; 17 Oct 18; Tot $1,488,719; Dsb $1,088,532
  Candidate No Party 20,465 8.67% Jesse "Gulf Coast" Schmidt
FEC H8LA02153; 17 Oct 18; Tot $20,546; Dsb $8,480
  Candidate Louisiana Independent Party 17,260 7.31% Belden "Noonie Man" Batiste, Sr.
FEC H8LA02161
  Candidate No Party 8,075 3.42% Shawndra Rodriguez
FEC H8LA02146; 17 Oct 18; Tot $100; Dsb $0
Total 235,982 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Clay Higgins
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 136,876 55.65% Congressman  Clay Higgins
FEC H6LA03148; 17 Oct 18; Tot $816,349; Dsb $746,172
  Candidate Democratic 43,729 17.78% former District Court Judge Mildred "Mimi" Methvin
FEC H8LA03094; 17 Oct 18; Tot $234,978; Dsb $191,705
  Candidate Republican 31,387 12.76% Joshua S. "Josh" Guillory
FEC H8LA03037; 17 Oct 18; Tot $327,969; Dsb $306,211
  Candidate Democratic 13,477 5.48% Robert Jon "Rob" Anderson
FEC H8LA03060; 17 Oct 18; Tot $17,097; Dsb $15,946
  Candidate Democratic 9,692 3.94% Larry Rader
FEC H6LA03155; 17 Oct 18; Tot $23,616; Dsb $23,329
  Candidate Democratic 7,815 3.18% Verone A. Thomas
FEC H8LA03086; 17 Oct 18; Tot $2,750; Dsb $2,586
  Candidate Libertarian 2,967 1.21% Aaron J. Andrus
FEC H8LA03102
Total 245,943 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 139,326 64.24% Congressman  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
FEC H6LA04138; 17 Oct 18; Tot $1,151,099; Dsb $758,817
  Candidate Democratic 72,934 33.63% Ryan Trundle
FEC H8LA04282; 17 Oct 18; Tot $21,855; Dsb $17,353
  Candidate No Party 4,612 2.13% Mark David Halverson
FEC H6LA04161
Total 216,872 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 149,018 66.54% Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
FEC H4LA05221; 17 Oct 18; Tot $883,315; Dsb $921,171
  Candidate Democratic 67,118 29.97% Jessee Carlton Fleenor
FEC H8LA05099; 17 Oct 18; Tot $17,299; Dsb $10,575
  Candidate Louisiana Independent Party 4,799 2.14% Billy Burkette
FEC H6LA05150
  Candidate Libertarian 3,011 1.34% Kyle Randol
FEC H8LA05107
Total 223,946 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Garret Graves
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 186,553 69.47% Congressman  Garret Graves
FEC H4LA06153; 17 Oct 18; Tot $2,254,597; Dsb $1,039,100
  Candidate Democratic 55,089 20.52% Justin Dewitt
FEC H8LA06154; 17 Oct 18; Tot $36,984; Dsb $30,959
  Candidate Democratic 21,627 8.05% Andie Saizan
FEC H8LA06162; 17 Oct 18; Tot $17,460; Dsb $16,572
  Candidate Louisiana Independent Party 5,256 1.96% Devin Lance Graham
FEC H6LA06133
Total 268,525 100.00%  

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

  Republican Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin
Assumed office 8 May 2018 [re: resignation of Secretary of State J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler (Republican)]
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 

Secretary of State J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler (Republican) announced his resignation, amid accusations of sexual misconduct, effective 8 May 2018 on 2 May. He had earlier announced that he would retire at the end of his term. He was appointed on 22 November 2010 [re: election of Secretary of State "Jay" Dardenne as Lieutenant Governor]; first elected in 2011; and re-elected in 2015.
A special election will be called to fill the remainder of his term.
Reference: Louisiana elections chief quits amid sexual misconduct claim from AP.

When an unexpired terms of a statewide elected official exceeds one year, the First Assistant Secretary of State (Kyle Ardoin) fills the unexpired term of office [Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, Section 16]. The governor calls a special election to fill the vacancy at the next regularly scheduled congressional or statewide election, 6 November 2018. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a runoff is held between the top two vote getters on 8 December 2018.


Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Special Election - Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the 6 November 2018 election, there will be a Saturday 8 December 2018 runoff between Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin (Republican) and "Gwen" Collins-Greenup (Democratic).
 Candidate list (9)
  Candidate Republican 298,657 20.50% Secretary of State  R. Kyle Ardoin
6 November 2018: Proceeds to 8 December runoff.
  Candidate Democratic 289,097 19.84% "Gwen" Collins-Greenup
6 November 2018: Proceeds to 8 December runoff.
  Candidate Democratic 239,116 16.41% former Deputy Secretary of State Renee Fontenot Free
  Candidate Republican 164,955 11.32% state Representative Rick Edmonds
  Candidate Republican 163,773 11.24% state Representative  Julie Stokes
  Candidate Republican 137,050 9.41% Thomas J. "Tom" Kennedy, III
  Candidate Republican 71,495 4.91% former state Senator A.G. Crowe
  Candidate Republican 71,195 4.89% Heather Cloud
  Candidate No Party 21,579 1.48% Matthew Paul "Matt" Moreau
Total 1,456,917 100.00%  
 

When an unexpired terms of a statewide elected official exceeds one year, the First Assistant Secretary of State (Kyle Ardoin) fills the unexpired term of office [Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, Section 16]. The governor calls a special election to fill the vacancy at the next regularly scheduled congressional or statewide election, 6 November 2018. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a runoff is held between the top two vote getters on 8 December 2018.

Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the 6 November 2018 election, there will be a Saturday 8 December 2018 runoff between Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin (Republican) and "Gwen" Collins-Greenup (Democratic).


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

  Republican Attorney General  "Jeff" Landry
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  "Jeff" Landry

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Treasurer  John M. Schroder, Sr.
First elected in a Special Election: 18 November 2017 (re: resignation of John Neely Kennedy (Republican) who was elected to the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016)
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 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.
Treasurer Ron J. Henson (Republican) was appointed to the office to serve until the special election.
18 November 2017: former state Representative John M. Schroder, Sr. (Republican) is first elected in a special election.

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 12 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 12 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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 14 candidates
  Republican: 14 incumbents, 15 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Conservative USA
  Justice Party
  Louisiana Independent Party: 4 candidates
  Unity
Independents
  Independent
  No Party: 4 candidates
 
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.

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.


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Third Party
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  Green Party of Louisiana
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  The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
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