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Scalise, Angelle secure seats, Court of Appeals seat set for run-off

Scalise, Angelle secure seats, Court of Appeals seat set for run-off

Steve Scalise, a Republican from Metairie, secured 66.68 percent, or 192,406 votes, in the 1st Congressional District race, which encompasses portions of Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes.

Scalise was challenged by four candidates, Gary King, a New Orleans Republican; M. V. “Vinny” Mendoza, a Ponchatoula Democrat; David “Turk” Turknett of Galliano, who has no party affiliation; and Arden Wells of Ponchatoula, who is also unaffiliated.

Among them, King received 8.55 or percent, or 24,677 votes; Mendoza carried 21.20 percent, or 61,181 votes; Turknett earned 2.09 percent, or 6,043 votes; and Wells ended up with 1.48 percent, or 4,257 votes.

Scalise got 56 percent of the vote or 8,799 of the 15,678 ballots cast in Lafourche.

In the race for 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, two candidates will compete in a Dec. 8 runoff for the seat.

Democrat William Dupont, chief district judge in Iberville Parish, got the most votes of the four candidates. Republican Mitch Theriot, a Nicholls State University professor and former state representative, came in second.

Complete but unofficial results show Dupont received 38.51 percent, or 71,767 votes. Theriot followed with 33.66 percent, or 62,730 votes.

Chris Erny, a Terrebonne Parish prosecutor, came in third with 19.56 percent, or 36,453 votes. Mark D. Plaisance, a Thibodaux attorney and former Baker city judge, finished last with 8.26 percent, or 15,394 votes.

Division B encompasses Terrebonne, St. Mary, Lafourche, Assumption, Ascension, Iberville, West Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee parishes.