The Green Papers: Louisiana 2021 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Special Election CDs 2 and 5: Saturday 20 March 2021
✓ Special Runoff CD 2: Saturday 24 April 2021
Friday 22 January 2021 - Filing Deadline - Special Election CDs 2 and 5.
Saturday 20 March 2021 - Special Election CDs 2 and 5. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC).
Saturday 24 April 2021 - Special Runoff CD 2. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2020 Census:4,661,468 (1.50% of 309,785,186)
2024, 2028 Electoral Votes:8(1.49% of 538)
2022-2030 Representatives:6(1.38% of 435)
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.


Schedule of 2022 Elections from the Louisiana Department of State.

Candidate Database from the Louisiana Department of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 117th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  William M. "Bill" Cassidy
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2020.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2026

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
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Independent     Xan John
FEC S0LA00378
  Candidate Republican     Senator  John Neely Kennedy
FEC S4LA00065; 30 Jun 21; Tot $4,127,910; Dsb $1,196,636
  Candidate Independent     Nicholas Parham
FEC S2LA00127

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards
First elected: 2015; re-elected: 2019
Chair up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At Term Limit

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023. Elected separately from Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor  William "Billy" Nungesser
First elected: 2015, re-elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023

117th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2024. No Term Limit. 117th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 1 Republican Member of Congress  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 2022
 Candidate list (1) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise
FEC H0LA01087; 30 Jun 21; Tot $6,914,945; Dsb $6,106,174

Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Member of Congress  Troy A. Carter, Sr.
First elected: 24 April 2021 in a Special Election [re: resignation of Member of Congress Cedric L. Richmond (Democratic)].
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Sheldon Charles Vincent, Sr.
FEC H2LA02289; 30 Jun 21; Tot $1,332; Dsb $1,332
 17 November 2020: Member of Congress Cedric L. Richmond, who was first elected in 2010, announced his resignation to become Senior Adviser to the President and White House Public Engagement Director in the Biden Administration.
7 January 2021: Member of Congress Cedric L. Richmond submitted his resignation effective 15 January 2021. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (Democratic) called a 20 March 2021 special election to fill this seat. All candidates from all parties appear on the open primary ballot. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a 24 April runoff will be held between the top two vote getters.
20 March 2021: Since no candidate received 50% or more of the vote in the election, the top 2 vote-getters, state Senator Troy A. Carter, Sr. (Democratic) 36% and state Senator Karen Carter Peterson (Democratic) 23% advance to the 24 April 2021 runoff.
24 April 2021: State Senator Troy A. Carter, Sr. (Democratic) was elected in the runoff.

Special Election - 117th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Democratic
Seat up for special election: Saturday 24 April 2021
Special Election - Caused by the 17 November 2020 resignation of Member of Congress Cedric L. Richmond to become Senior Adviser to the President and White House Public Engagement Director in the Biden Administration.
All candidates from all parties appear on the 20 March 2021 open primary ballot. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a 24 April runoff will be held between the top two vote getters.
Since no candidate received 50% or more of the vote in the Saturday 20 March 2021 election, the top 2 vote-getters, state Senator Troy A. Carter, Sr. (Democratic) 36% and state Senator Karen Carter Peterson (Democratic) 23% advance to the 24 April 2021 runoff.
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Democratic 48,513 55.25% state Senator Troy A. Carter, Sr.
20 March 2021: Received 36.38% of the vote in the Special Election. Advances to the 24 April 2021 runoff.

FEC H2LA02149; 30 Jun 21; Tot $1,744,199; Dsb $2,060,194
  Candidate Democratic 39,297 44.75% state Senator  Karen Carter Peterson
20 March 2021: Received 22.92% of the vote in the Special Election. Advances to the 24 April 2021 runoff.

FEC H2LA02131; 30 Jun 21; Tot $1,139,601; Dsb $1,413,539
Total 87,810 100.00%  
  

Candidate Inquiry from the Louisiana Department of State.

20 March and 24 April 2021 returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State.


Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 3 Republican Member of Congress  Clay Higgins
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (3) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Independent     Ryan Abshire
  Candidate Democratic     Dustin Granger
FEC H2LA03089; 30 Jun 21; Tot $28,096; Dsb $580
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Clay Higgins
FEC H6LA03148; 30 Jun 21; Tot $215,879; Dsb $131,050

Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 4 Republican Member of Congress  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  James Michael "Mike" Johnson
FEC H6LA04138; 30 Jun 21; Tot $306,449; Dsb $244,517

Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 5 Republican Member of Congress  Julia Letlow
First elected: 20 March 2021 in a Special Election [re: passing of Member of Congress-elect Luke Joshua Letlow (Republican)]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Member of Congress-elect Luke Joshua Letlow (Republican), who was first elected in 2020, died on 29 December 2020 due to complications of COVID-19.
7 January 2021: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (Democratic) called a 20 March 2021 special election to fill this seat. All candidates from all parties appear on the open primary ballot. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a 24 April runoff will be held between the top two vote getters.
20 March 2021: Julia Letlow (Republican) won the Special Election.
14 April 2021: Sworn.

Special Election - 117th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for special election
Special Election
 
Seat up for special election: Saturday 20 March 2021
Special Election - Caused by the 29 December 2020 passing of Member of Congress-elect Luke Letlow from complications of COVID-19.
All candidates from all parties appear on the 20 March 2021 open primary ballot. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a 24 April runoff will be held between the top two vote getters.
Julia Letlow (Republican) won the 20 March 2021 Special Election with 65% of the vote.
 Candidate list (12)
  Elected Republican 67,203 64.86% Julia Letlow
Widow of the late Member of Congress-elect Luke Joshua Letlow.

FEC H2LA05126; 30 Jun 21; Tot $1,309,235; Dsb $949,378
  Candidate Democratic 28,255 27.27% Sandra "Candy" Shoemaker-Christophe
aka Candy Christophe.

FEC H0LA05070; 19 Jul 21; Tot $127,507; Dsb $126,522
  Candidate Republican 5,497 5.31% Chad Conerly
FEC H2LA05134; 30 Jun 21; Tot $57,075; Dsb $53,968
  Candidate Republican 929 0.90% Robert K. Lansden
FEC H2LA05241
  Candidate Republican 464 0.45% Allen Guillory, Sr.
FEC H0LA05179
  Candidate No Party 402 0.39% "Jim" Davis
FEC H2LA05167
  Candidate Republican 334 0.32% Sancha Noel Smith
FEC H2LA05142; 30 Jun 21; Tot $21,293; Dsb $21,293
  Candidate Independent 236 0.23% M.V. "Vinny" Mendoza
FEC H6LA02173
  Candidate Republican 131 0.13% Jaycee Magnuson
FEC H2LA05191
  Candidate Republican 67 0.06% Richard H. Pannell
FEC H2LA05217
  Candidate Republican 62 0.06% Horace "Lee" Melton, III
FEC H2LA05209
  Candidate Republican 36 0.03% Errol Victor, Sr.
FEC H2LA05225
Total 103,616 100.00%  
  

Candidate Inquiry from the Louisiana Department of State.

20 March 2021 returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State.


Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 6 Republican Member of Congress  Garret Graves
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Garret Graves
FEC H4LA06153; 30 Jun 21; Tot $226,629; Dsb $119,549

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  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; re-elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Attorney General  "Jeff" Landry
First elected: 2015; re-elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Independent     John Belton

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  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); re-elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner  Michael G. "Mike" Strain
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011, 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Insurance Commissioner  James J. "Jim" Donelon
Appointed: 16 February 2006; first elected in Special Election 30 September 2006; re-elected: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Saturday 14 October 2023
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Tim Temple
 

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): 3 incumbents, 4 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 16 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
  (blank): 1 incumbent
  Independent: 5 candidates
  No Party: 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.


Links Links to other web sites

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
  Louisiana Independent Party
  The Libertarian Party Of Louisiana
  The Unity Party of Louisiana
Media & others
  American Press - Lake Charles
  Bossier Press-Tribune
  Crowley Post Signal
  Daily Comet - Thibodaux
  Houma Today - The Courier - Terrebonne Parish
  KATC TV - Lafayette
  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 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
  WWL AM - New Orleans
  WWL AM - New Orleans

 


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