Louisiana Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry handily won more than 50 percent of the vote in the state’s gubernatorial race despite a crowded field, flipping Louisiana back to the GOP for the first time in eight years, CBS News reported.
Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards was unable to seek a third term due to the state’s consecutive term limits. With the seat wide open, the field of candidates running to replace Edwards was large.
By securing more than 50 percent of the vote in the state’s “jungle primary” in which Republicans and Democrats run against each other, Landry avoided facing a runoff.
The 52-year-old Landry used his time as Louisiana’s attorney general to champion conservative policies, particularly in the past year when he used his office to support such measures as banning transgender medical procedures for minors and limiting abortion.
As a Republican Attorney General, Landry frequently clashed with the Democrat governor on state issues like the death penalty, transgender treatments for minors, and Louisiana’s finances. At the same time, Landry’s fights against the Biden administration, particularly over the administration’s vaccine mandates and its limits on gas and oil production, placed the state in the national spotlight. Landry also sued the Biden administration over its attempts to censor social media.
Landry served one term in the House of Representatives after winning Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District in the Tea Party revolution in 2010.
Before running for office, Landry spent 11 years in the Louisiana Army National Guard and also served as a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, and attorney.
From early on in the gubernatorial race, Landry remained the favorite, winning the endorsement of Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and the Louisiana Republican Party. The frontrunner, who enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage over the crowded field, was also backed by Donald Trump.
Landry campaigned on addressing high crime in Louisiana’s urban areas and called for increased transparency in the justice system.