By
G. McConway
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October 16, 2023

GOP Flips Blue Governor’s Mansion Red in Landslide Win

Republicans have been getting the short end of the stick in contested gubernatorial races lately, but that changed.

Jeff Landry won the Louisiana gubernatorial election on Saturday with a landslide win.

Securing the overall majority of the vote means he avoids a runoff race against a Democrat opponent.

Sneaking In

With the current governor a Democrat, most assumed that there was no way Landry would get to the required 50 percent to avoid a runoff against the Democrat's top candidate in the race, Shawn Wilson.

There were eight Republicans in the race versus only two Democrats, four Independents, and one candidate with no party affiliation.

But as the votes started to get counted, it was clear that Republican voters had united around one candidate, that being Landry.

He ended up with 51.56% of the vote, just getting over the 50% margin to take the race. This shocked just about every pundit that had chimed in, as the consensus was that Landry and Wilson would be facing off in November.

We have all seen it before where a runoff results in a shocking win, so everyone in the GOP is happy it did not come down to that.

Republican Governors Association chairwoman Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa welcomed Landry to the club, stating, "Congratulations to Governor-Elect Jeff Landry on tonight's impressive victory. Governor-Elect Landry stands for law and order, putting Louisiana families first, and building opportunity and economic prosperity.

"We look forward to working with Governor-Elect Landry as Louisiana's next governor and congratulate him for flipping Louisiana red and putting away his race early."

Landry is clearly on the Trump Train, touting the former president's slogan throughout his campaign.

During one interview, he stated, "When we have a critical mass of governors who believe in the same philosophy: freedom, liberty, independence, and less government, you know, a balanced approach to being sure that when we balance Wall Street and Main Street, America can go back to being great again."

This is a significant win for the GOP, especially when you consider the problems we have throughout Louisiana with crime. It will be interesting to see if Landry takes a DeSantis-like approach in removing prosecutors who are not doing their jobs.

Congratulations, Mr. Landry, and we look forward to seeing what you can do in Louisiana for the GOP.

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