The 2016 federal elections are over now that Louisiana has wrapped things up with Saturday's runoff. Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy will be the new US Senator. He had this to say today when addressing supporters following his victory.
"I'd rather drink weed killer than be anywhere else tonight."
Kennedy says he's looking forward to being a part of the change that is coming to Washington under the Trump Administration.
His opponent, Democrat Foster Campbell, says despite the loss he's glad he was able to run in such a high profile campaign and say some things that everybody else is scared to say.
The final tally was Kennedy 61%, to Campbell 39%.
Governor John Bel Edwards, who supported Campbell, issued a statement congratulating Kennedy for his victory. Edwards says he looks forward to working with Kennedy to secure additional funding for flood relief and to make long term investments in infrastructure.
It's reported that US Senator David Vitter's staff and Attorney General Jeff Landry worked to help Captain Clay Higgins, aka the Cajun John Wayne, defeat fellow Republican Scott Angelle in the 3rd District.
The political newcomer opened his acceptance speech like this.
"Well, what does a dog do when he catches a car?"
Higgins got the win over Angelle 56-44.
As expected, it was a 65-35 landslide in the 4th District with Republican state lawmaker Mike Johnson running away with the victory over Democrat Marshall Jones.
Johnson says government is too large, and it's doing too many things wrong, "And part of the reforms I'm anxious to be a part of over the next four years are going to be to try and scale back the size and scope of government for the sake of the economy."