Embattled incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D) held a thin 16,000 vote margin over U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy (R) early Wednesday morning with all precincts reporting from across the state of Louisiana.
Landrieu received 618,840 for 42.0 percent while Cassidy received 602,439 votes for 40.9 percent. The totals mean that the two will face off in a runoff election set for December 6.
Tea Party favorite Rob Maness trailed with 202,413 votes for 13.7 percent. A smattering of lesser known candidates together polled the remaining three percent of the vote.
In the race for the First Congressional District, which includes the southern portion of Lafourche Parish, incumbent Steve Scalise (R) cruised to an easy victory over three minor opponents, receiving 77 percent of the votes cast.
However, the race for the Sixth Congressional District, which includes the northern portion of Lafourche Parish and is the seat that U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy is vacating, is headed for a December runoff. Former Governor Edwin Edwards (D) led a field of 12 candidates by polling 77,852 votes, or 30.1 percent to be top vote getter. He will face Garrett Graves (R), a former policy advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal for the Congressional spot. Graves polled 70,706 votes or 27.3 percent for second place. Following those two were Paul Dietzel, II with 13 percent, Dan Claitor with 10 percent and Lenar Whitney with seven percent of the votes cast.
On a local level, the 17th Judicial District Judge contest for Division B heads to a December runoff between Steve Miller and John Erny, III. Miller led the balloting Tuesday, receiving 11,704 votes for 40.8 percent of the votes cast. Erny followed with 8,702 votes for 30.3 percent and Anthony “Tony” Lewis ran third with 8,253 votes or 28.8 percent.
In the race for Lafourche Parish Assessor, deputy Assessor Wendy Thibodeaux won the right to fill out the remainder of the term of former Assessor Mike Martin, who passed away earlier this year. Thibodeaux polled 14,377 votes, or 51.3 percent to claim the first primary victory. Challengers Jerome “Dee” Richard, received 9,005 votes for 32.1 percent and Jonathan “JoJo” Cheramie polled 4,646 votes for 16.5 percent of the votes cast.
In the race for Lafourche Parish School Board, District 7, Gary Foret won a close contest over Myra Zeringue Luft. Foret polled 909 votes or 51 percent to Luft’s 871 votes or 48.9 percent.
Further down the bayou in the race for District 15, Calvin Duet defeated Lawrence Mounic. Duet polled 1,166 votes for 69.5 percent to Mounic’s 512 votes or 30.5 percent.
In the contest for Justice of the Peace, 3rd Court, Troy Templet emerged victorious, defeating Bennett Arceneaux. Templet polled 2,074 votes or 54.9 percent to Arceneaux’s 1,701 votes or 45 percent.
In the race for Constable of the same district, Marvin Allemand was victorious over Johnny Detillier. Allemand polled 1,958 votes for 52.5 percent while Detillier claimed 1,769 votes for 47.4 percent.
The election for Constable in the 4th Justice of the Peace Court saw Carl Doucet defeating Martin Wade. Doucet received 3,657 votes, or 64.8 percent to Wade’s 1,982 votes or 35.1 percent.
Posted on Wed, November 5, 2014
by Doug Cheramie II, Contributing Writer