The Green Papers: Louisiana 2019 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Open Primary: Saturday 12 October 2019
General/Runoff: Gov and SoS: Saturday 16 November 2019
Thursday 8 August 2019 - Filing Deadline.
Saturday 12 October 2019 - Open Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC).
Saturday 16 November 2019 - General/Runoff: Gov and SoS. 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

Louisiana 2020 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.

Louisiana does not permit write-ins.


Schedule of 2019 Elections from the Louisiana Department of State.

Candidate Inquiry from the Louisiana Department of State.

12 October 2019: Returns from the Louisiana Department of State.

Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the 12 October 2019 Open Primary, there will be a Saturday 16 November 2019 runoff for the following contests:

  • Governor: Governor John Bel Edwards (Democratic) 47% v. "Eddie" Rispone (Republican) 27%.
  • Secretary of State: Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin (Republican) 41% v. "Gwen" Collins-Greenup (Democratic) 34%.
 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th 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 (4)
  Candidate Democratic     Rob Anderson
  Candidate Republican     Senator  William M. "Bill" Cassidy
FEC S4LA00107; 30 Jun 19; Tot $1,929,661; Dsb $450,115
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Gregory E. Fitch
FEC S0LA00295
  Candidate Democratic     Antoine Pierce

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

Chair up for regular election Democratic Governor  John Bel Edwards
First elected: 2015
Chair up for regular election: Saturday 16 November 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic 625,960 46.59% Governor  John Bel Edwards
Proceeds to 16 November 2019 Runoff
  Candidate Republican 368,311 27.42% "Eddie" Rispone
Proceeds to 16 November 2019 Runoff
    Republican 317,142 23.61% Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr. - lost primary
Congressman CD 5.
6 December 2018: Running for Governor in 2019.
    Democratic 10,993 0.82% Oscar "Omar" Dantzler - lost primary
    Republican 10,966 0.82% Patrick "Live Wire" Landry - lost primary
    Independent 10,084 0.75% Gary Landrieu - lost primary
Total 1,343,456 100.00%  

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor  William "Billy" Nungesser
• Re-elected Saturday 12 October 2019
First elected: 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 Candidate list (1)
  Elected Republican 884,292 68.14% Lieutenant Governor  William "Billy" Nungesser
    Democratic 413,548 31.86% Willie Jones - lost primary
Total 1,297,840 100.00%  

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 116th 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 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Independent     John Robert Badger
Independent Conservative.
CD 5?

FEC H0LA01194
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
FEC H0LA01087; 30 Jun 19; Tot $5,518,927; Dsb $4,443,498

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman  Cedric L. Richmond
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Cedric L. Richmond
FEC H8LA02054; 30 Jun 19; Tot $376,767; Dsb $242,449

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  Clay Higgins
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Clay Higgins
FEC H6LA03148; 30 Jun 19; Tot $170,636; Dsb $145,360
  Candidate Democratic     Verone A. Thomas
FEC H8LA03086

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
FEC H6LA04138; 30 Jun 19; Tot $374,366; Dsb $197,642

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
6 December 2018: Running for Governor in 2019.
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Independent     John Robert Badger
Independent Conservative

FEC H0LA05088
  Candidate Democratic     Sandra "Candy" Christophe
FEC H0LA05070
  Candidate Democratic     Brody Pierrottie
FEC H0LA05096

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Garret Graves
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Garret Graves
FEC H4LA06153; 30 Jun 19; Tot $352,778; Dsb $221,196

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  R. Kyle Ardoin
Assumed office 8 May 2018 [re: resignation of Secretary of State J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler (Republican)]; First elected in a special election: 8 December 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 16 November 2019
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican 528,247 41.06% Secretary of State  R. Kyle Ardoin
Proceeds to 16 November 2019 Runoff
  Candidate Democratic 434,580 33.78% "Gwen" Collins-Greenup
Proceeds to 16 November 2019 Runoff
    Republican 244,639 19.02% Thomas J. Kennedy, III - lost primary
    Republican 78,983 6.14% Amanda "Jennings" Smith - lost primary
Total 1,286,449 100.00%  
 

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.

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).

Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin (Republican) won the Saturday 8 December 2018 runoff.


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

Seat up for regular election Republican Attorney General  "Jeff" Landry
• Re-elected Saturday 12 October 2019
First elected: 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 Candidate list (1)
  Elected Republican 855,347 66.21% Attorney General  "Jeff" Landry
    Democratic 436,496 33.79% "Ike" Jackson, Jr. - lost primary
Total 1,291,843 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer  John M. Schroder, Sr.
• Re-elected Saturday 12 October 2019
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); re-elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 Candidate list (1)
  Elected Republican 769,449 60.02% Treasurer  John M. Schroder, Sr.
9 December 2018: Announced he is running for re-election in 2019.
    Democratic 442,731 34.53% Derrick Edwards - lost primary
    No Party 69,905 5.45% Teresa Kenny - lost primary
Total 1,282,085 100.00%  
 Treasurer John Neely Kennedy (Republican) who was first elected as Treasurer as a Democrat in 1999; re-elected in 2003; switched affiliation to Republican on 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

Seat up for regular election Republican Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner  Michael G. "Mike" Strain
• Re-elected Saturday 12 October 2019
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011, 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 Candidate list (1)
  Elected Republican 724,690 56.77% Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner  Michael G. "Mike" Strain
    Democratic 259,713 20.34% Marguerite Green - lost primary
    Democratic 106,891 8.37% Red River Waterway Commissioner  Charles R. "Charlie" Greer - lost primary
    Republican 105,720 8.28% Bradley Zaunbrecher - lost primary
    Democratic 79,630 6.24% Peter Williams - lost primary
Total 1,276,644 100.00%  

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Insurance Commissioner  James J. "Jim" Donelon
• Re-elected Saturday 12 October 2019
Appointed: 16 February 2006; first elected in Special Election 30 September 2006; re-elected: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 12 October 2019
 Candidate list (1)
  Elected Republican 631,714 53.50% Insurance Commissioner  James J. "Jim" Donelon
    Republican 549,128 46.50% Tim Temple - lost primary
Total 1,180,842 100.00%  
 

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   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, 8 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 12 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
Other Third Parties
  Conservative USA
  Justice Party
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  No Party
  No Party Affiliation: 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.

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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Democratic
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Republican
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Third Party
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  Constitution Party of Louisiana
  Green Party of Louisiana
  Justice Party of Louisiana
  Libertarian Party of Louisiana
  Louisiana Independent Party
  The Libertarian Party Of Louisiana
  The Unity Party of Louisiana
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  American Press - Lake Charles
  Bossier Press-Tribune
  COX.net - New Orleans
  Crowley Post Signal
  Daily Comet - Thibodaux
  DeRidder Beauregard Daily News
  Houma Today - The Courier - Terrebonne Parish
  Louisiana Politics by John Maginnis
  Louisiana Progress - Baton Rouge
  Louisiana Radio Network
  Monroe Free Press
  New Orleans CityBusiness
  NewsLink.org - Louisiana
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  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
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  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
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