Election Day: Recap of results in Louisiana, races in key states

By: - November 8, 2022 12:30 pm
Sen. John Kennedy

(Photo courtesy Sen. John Kennedy campaign)

All but a few precincts were left to count in East Baton Rouge and Orleans parishes as Election Day in Louisiana turned into Wednesday. Voters had their say on a U.S. Senate race, five U.S. House seats, two Public Service Commission districts and eight amendments to the state constitution. A host of local races and referendums were also decided.

In addition to Louisiana results, the Illuminator also tracked key elections around the country through our fellow States Newsroom outlets. The newest information appears at the top of this feed, with earlier stories below.

As of midnight, U.S. Senate races in Georgia and Pennsylvania were still too close to call.

3 months ago

Royce Duplessis, Caleb Kleinpeter win elections to join Louisiana Senate

By: - 11:55 pm

Tuesday’s election didn’t do much to change the political dynamic of the Louisiana Senate, though two new members will join the upper chamber.

State Rep. Royce Duplessis beat out fellow Democrat Rep. Mandie Landry to take a Senate seat in New Orleans. He replaces former Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat who resigned shortly before she admitted to illegally spending campaign and state party funds.

West Baton Rouge Parish Council member Caleb Kleinpeter, a Republican, finished ahead of Rep. Jeremy Lacombe, a Democrat, to win a Senate race in the Baton Rouge area. He will take over for former Sen. Rick Ward, a Republican who stepped down in June to take a job with a lobbying firm.

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3 months ago

Arizona Democrats surged to large leads. Will their advantage hold?

PHOENIX – With Republicans expected to show up at the polls in person in droves on Election Day, Democrats knew they would need a large advantage among early voters to have a chance at winning hotly contested statewide races.

With virtually all of those early ballots counted, they have bigger than expected leads in many of those races.

A common refrain on Tuesday from political observers was that Democrats needed to be up by at least eight points on their GOP opponents to have a shot at holding on as Election Day ballots were tabulated during the night and early ballots dropped off at polling places were counted later in the week. If Democrats could manage 10-point leads, the conventional wisdom went, they’d be in strong positions.

Many Democrats found themselves with even larger leads once early ballots were counted.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly is up by more than 18 points on GOP newcomer Blake Masters, 58% to about 40%.

Democratic candidate for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs is outstripping her Republican opponent Kari Lake 57% to 43%.

Read more from the Arizona Mirror. 

3 months ago

Incumbent Boissiere faces runoff for Public Service Commission

By: - 11:33 pm
District 3 Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III, left, will face Davonte Lewis in a Dec. 10 runoff. (Photos by Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)

Challengers to District 3 Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III attacked him in unison for accepting campaign contributions from the utility companies he regulates. Their strategy was effective, forcing the three-term incumbent into a Dec. 10 runoff.

Boissiere received 43% of the vote with a few precincts in his home base of New Orleans still being counted. Devante Lewis, a former school teacher and fiscal activist from Baton Rouge, was second with 18% support. New Orleans pastor Gregory Manning was in third place.

“After tonight, I would hope that our Public Service Commissioner regrets skating by for nearly two decades, accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Entergy and Cleco, and letting our utility system crumble in the face of worsening hurricanes,” Lewis said in a statement. “But, to be honest, I think that he’s once again going to choose taking Entergy’s donations over giving power to the people.”

Members of the Public Service Commission service six-year terms. District 2, which spans from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, is the only one with a majority-minority voter composition that all but ensures a Black office holder.

In the only other PSC race on Tuesday’s ballot, incumbent Mike Francis sailed to an easy win in District 4. He represents portions of Acadiana and Central Louisiana.

3 months ago

Shreveport, Alexandria oust incumbent mayors

By: - 10:40 pm

Voters in two of Louisiana’s largest cities chose to replace their mayors, with both elections tied closely to public safety and economic issues. Shreveport will hold a runoff next month, while Alexandria brings a familiar face back to City Hall.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins was in fourth place with 18% support with votes still being counted late Tuesday. His replacement will be either Republican City Councilman Tom Arceneaux, who received 29% of the vote, and Democratic state Sen. Greg Tarver, with 24%.

Perkins’ reelection bid faced challenges right out of the gate when a Shreveport voter challenged the mayor’s residency. A state judge disqualified Perkins, and that ruling that upheld at the appellate level. It wasn’t until the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned the decision that Perkins was allowed back in the race.

Alexandria voters have placed the city’s former leader, Jacques Roy, back in office. He held the seat from 2006 to 2018, when he decided not to seek re-election.

Roy avoided a runoff with 51% of the vote. He finished ahead of one-term incumbent Jeff Hall (22%) and City Council member Catherine Davidson (19%).

3 months ago

Louisiana voters set to reject 5 of 8 constitutional amendments, including controversial slavery proposal

By: - 10:09 pm

With ballots still being counted Tuesday night, six out of 10 Louisiana voters have opposed an amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude but allow forced labor as part of a criminal sentence.

With more than 70% of statewide precincts reporting, four other proposed amendments were also well down the path toward failure.

Amendment 7, which in its original wording would have banned slavery and involuntary servitude, was watered down during the legislative process to the point that its author, Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, asked voters to reject the proposal.

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Last updated: 10:12 pm

3 months ago

Greg Abbott reelected governor of Texas, defeating Beto O’Rourke

By: - 9:40 pm

Greg Abbott decisively won a third term as governor of Texas on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke after a tumultuous few years marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, a deadly power grid failure, new restrictions on voting rights and abortion and the Uvalde school shooting. Decision Desk HQ called the election for Abbott at 9:23 p.m. Central Time.

Abbott, 64, a former state attorney general and Texas Supreme Court justice, faced his toughest opponent yet in O’Rourke, who repeatedly outraised the incumbent and broke a state fundraising record. But Abbott campaigned relentlessly on border security and capitalized on national headwinds favoring the GOP by tying O’Rourke to President Joe Biden, who is unpopular nationwide but especially in Texas.

O’Rourke sought to make the race a referendum on Abbott’s dramatic second term, emphasizing the grid failure and arguing Abbott had become too extreme on issues like guns and abortion. Both the Uvalde massacre and overturning of Roe v. Wade bolstered O’Rourke’s case, as Abbott resisted any new gun-control measures and his near-total abortion ban took effect.

Abbott largely ignored those issues as he campaigned more on the border, the economy and public safety. And he regularly reached back to comments that O’Rourke made during and around his unsuccessful 2020 presidential campaign, arguing O’Rourke showed he was too liberal for Texas.

3 months ago

Sarah Huckabee Sanders elected first female governor of Arkansas

By: - 9:12 pm

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, was elected Arkansas governor on Tuesday.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Sanders, whose father served as Arkansas governor from 1996-2007, is the first woman elected to lead the state.

The Little Rock Republican defeated Democrat Chris Jones and Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. in a race that she was heavily favored to win from the start.

She enjoyed the backing of her former boss, former President Donald J. Trump.

Read more from the Arkansas Advocate.

3 months ago

Steve Scalise leads Louisiana incumbents returning to U.S. House

By: - 9:07 pm
Steve Scalise
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (Getty Images)

Rep. Steve Scalise, who will be a frontrunner for the House Speaker’s role should Republicans gain a majority in the chamber, has won his seventh term in office, according to Associated Press projections. He retains his 1st Congressional District seat, easily defeating Democrat Katie Darling and Libertarian Howard Kearney.

As of 9 p.m., the AP declared three other incumbents winners in Louisiana House Districts.

The state’s lone Democrat in the delegation, Rep. Troy Carter of New Orleans, has defeated Republican challenger Dan Lux in the 2nd District content. Carter now earns a full term after completing the term of Cedric Richmond, who left office to join the Biden White House.

In the 5th District, Rep. Julia Letlow, R-Monroe, will remain in office, besting four challengers.

In the 6th District, Congressman Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, easily bested two opponents with 82% of the vote as of 9 p.m.

The only race lacking the AP’s confirmation was in the 3rd District, where Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, held a decisive advantage over seven challenges.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Shreveport, did not have opposition in Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District.

Last updated: 9:19 pm

3 months ago

Florida voters give DeSantis a resounding win for a second term as governor

By: - 8:54 pm

Republican Ron DeSantis has won a second term in office as Florida governor, using tens of millions from his campaign war chest as well as his conservative brand of leadership. The governor also was successful in using a huge inflation rate to link to Democrats, President Joe Biden and opponent Charlie Crist.

Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DeSantis, 44, defeated Democrat Crist by double digits in the race.

The governor’s resounding victory made clear that Florida is dramatically more conservative-leaning compared to when DeSantis narrowly defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial race four years ago.

In his initial victory in 2018, DeSantis defeated Gillum by fewer than 33,000 votes, a difference of less than one-half of 1%.

Read more from the Florida Phoenix.

3 months ago

John Kennedy wins re-election to the U.S. Senate

By: - 8:36 pm

Less than 30 minutes after polls closed in Louisiana, the Associated Press has declared incumbent U.S. Sen. John Kennedy the outright winner in his race against a dozen challengers.

As of 8:30, Kennedy had received 70% of the vote, placing him well ahead of Democrats Luke Mixon (13%) and Gary Chambers (11%).

Those two challengers, along with Syrita Steib, received a blanket endorsement from the Louisiana Democratic Party, as opposed to a single candidate being endorsed.

Last updated: 9:08 pm

3 months ago

Barriers fall in Maryland as Wes Moore becomes first Black governor

By: - 8:28 pm

Democrat Wes Moore cruised to victory in the race for Maryland governor on Tuesday over Republican state legislator Dan Cox.

Wes Moore (Photo by Danielle E. Gaines)

Several national news organizations declared Moore the winner just moments after polls were scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Eastern

Moore, a charismatic 44-year-old political newcomer with a sterling resume that includes experience in business, philanthropy and the military, is poised to make history, becoming just the third Black person in U.S. history — and the first in Maryland — to be elected governor.

Gov. Larry Hogan, the state’s term-limited Republican governor, leaves office on Jan. 18, following eight years in power.

Read more from Maryland Matters.

3 months ago

Republicans sue for extended voting hours in Maricopa County

By: - 7:25 pm

PHOENIX – Republicans Kari Lake and Blake Masters, along with the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, filed a lawsuit late Tuesday against Maricopa County demanding that polling places remain open until 10 p.m. on Election Day.

The suit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday local time, citing problems with tabulation machines that contributed to delays at around 60 of the 223 voting centers in the county.

Fields Moseley, the county’s communications director, said that the county can’t comment on pending litigation, but the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is dealing with the suit.

In the suit, the Republican candidates and organizations claim that “at least 36% of all voting centers across Maricopa County have been afflicted with pervasive and systemic malfunctions of ballot tabulation devices and printers, which has burdened voters with excessive delays and long lines.”

The Republicans argue that the issues at the polls caused some voters to leave without voting because of “untenably long lines.”

Read more from the Arizona Mirror

Voters wait in line at a Mesa, Arizona, polling location
Voters wait in line at a Mesa, Arizona, polling location on Nov. 8, 2022. (Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy/Arizona Mirror)

Last updated: 8:39 pm

3 months ago

Judge allows Houston-area voting locations to stay open an extra hour

By: - 6:48 pm

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3 months ago

Georgia mother and son fired as poll workers for social media posts

By: - 4:46 pm

As early afternoon approached on Election Day 2022, short lines were reported across Georgia’s most populous county’s 249 polling stations.

Nadine Williams, Fulton County, Georgia, interim elections director (Courtesy Fulton County)

As Fulton County officials expect record turnout for the midterm election, the first part of Tuesday’s voting days went relatively smoothly. The county’s online tool showed wait times at pollution sites of less than 30 minutes by Tuesday afternoon.

The day was not without its problems, however, as a mother and son were removed from poll worker duty before a Johns Creek site opened at 7 a.m. Eastern.

A poll worker alerted election administrators about social media posts made by a woman working at the north Atlanta suburb site, said Nadine Williams, interim director of elections for Fulton.

According to Williams, the posts violated the law that prohibits taking photos and video inside polling places, and there was concern that they posed a security threat. Fulton County then contacted the secretary of state’s office about the matter.

“For the safety for the election, we decided to remove them until we can complete the investigation,” Williams said.

Read more from the Georgia Recorder.

 

3 months ago

Midterm voting mostly problem-free in battleground states, voting advocates report

By: - 4:08 pm

As of midday Tuesday, voting across the country has largely gone smoothly without any major issues or incidents of voter intimidation, voting rights advocates said.

In counties that did experience problems, which were typical of any Election Day, the incidents were largely attributed to faulty technology and human error.

Heading into Election Day, voting advocates were concerned that in three critical battleground states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — Republican officials and candidates were pushing to disqualify thousands of mail-in ballots.

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3 months ago

Slavery amendment a hot topic on social media; author now opposes it

By: - 2:34 pm

Louisiana voters are seeking clarity about a confusing constitutional amendment on involuntary servitude. They have jumped on social media platforms on Election Day in hopes of finding answers.

Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, a civil rights attorney, proposed the amendment, and he is now asking voters to vote against it. In its current stature, he said the wording could potentially authorize slavery.

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3 months ago

McCormick: ‘Safest vote is to vote no’ on amendments

By: - 2:17 pm

State Rep. Danny McCormick shared information with voters Tuesday on the eight proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution they will consider. But if they have any questions about the charter changes he and other lawmakers placed on the ballot, his advice is to reject them.

Louisiana State Representative Danny McCormick
State Rep. Danny McCormick, pictured May 26, 2022. (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)

In a Twitter post, McCormick, a Republican from Oil City, directed voters to an overview of the amendments from the Public Affairs Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank known for its thorough research on public policy. It routinely publishes a guide to proposed amendments in advance of elections.

McCormick, a far-right leaning conservative, authored a bill in the legislature earlier this year that would have created harsh penalties for women who seek abortion. He gave up his seat on the committee that ended up killing the bill for the session.

Last updated: 2:21 pm

3 months ago

At one polling site, 60% of voters redirected to other locations

By: and - 2:05 pm

At one west Nashville polling location, more than 60% of voters arriving to vote were instead directed to other polling sites before 8:30 a.m., according to volunteer poll watcher Paul Worley.

A similar scenario played out in other Davidson County polling sites, according to state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, a Nashville Democrat.

Clemmons says 20% of voters were turned away at the southeast branch of the Nashville Public Library polling site and sent to other locations after precinct changes that, in some cases, changed assigned voting locations for voters from previous elections.

At the Bellevue branch of the Nashville public library, Worley said poll workers were helpful in directing voters to the correct voting site. About 50 people had cast their ballot successfully at the site by 8 a.m., according to Breanna Grafton, the precinct officer. Worley said scores more were directed elsewhere.

“They’re doing a good job of redirecting and telling them where to vote,” he said. “Most people have been OK with it.”

Read more from the Tennessee Lookout.

Last updated: 5:59 pm

3 months ago

Arizona county sees widespread problems with vote tabulators

The machines that tabulate ballots at Maricopa County, Arizona, vote centers are having widespread issues, with about 20% of locations affected according to Votebeat.

The affected vote-counting machines are rejecting about one ballot out of every five ballots inserted, Maricopa County Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said at a news conference on Election Day, about three hours after polls opened.

Officials do not know yet what is causing the problem, but they are offering voters other secure options while they work to determine it. In an attempt to get ahead of conspiracy theories, Gates said that “none of this indicates any fraud or anything of that sort,” and assured the public that ballots cast at affected locations would be properly counted.

“Everyone is still getting to vote,” Gates said. “No one is being disenfranchised. And we have redundancies in place.”

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Last updated: 12:57 pm

3 months ago

Bomb threat forces Kenner voters to different precinct

By: - 12:51 pm

After bomb threat at a Kenner polling place Tuesday morning, voters are being rerouted to a new precinct, Jefferson Parish officials say.

According to the Kenner Police Department, Kenner Discovery School, one of the area’s polling locations, received a bomb threat Tuesday morning. No children were at the school due to Election Day.

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3 months ago

GeauxVote web portal for precinct, ballot information crashes on Election Day

Voters looking for precinct or ballot information from the state’s election web portal hit a dead end. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin confirmed on Twitter that technical issues led to a crash of the GeauxVote site Tuesday morning.

Ardoin reported before 11 a.m. that the issues had been addressed, but the chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party said it is past time for the Secretary of State to update the system.  Katie Bernhardt  noted similar difficulties two years ago on National Voter Registration Day.

“It’s critically important that we have access to our Secretary of State’s website,” Bernhardt said. “Obviously, it’s a known issue and for that to happen on Election Day, to me, it’s negative at best, if not deliberate. Something has to be done. The people of Louisiana, the voters deserve better.”

The Illuminator has contacted the Secretary of State’s office and was told a response to Bernhardt would be coming. This story will be updated once a response is received.

Last updated: 12:32 pm

 

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