LOUISIANA (KPEL News) – U.S. Senator John Kennedy is expected to win re-election despite facing a dozen challengers.
Kennedy was the clear favorite for an overall win, despite high-profile challenges from activist Gary Chambers and John Bel Edwards-backed Luke Mixon, who largely shared the Democratic vote that accounted for just under a third of the total votes.
The incumbent senator raised an enormous sum of money in his re-election bid. OpenSecrets.org has its war chest at more than $37 million.
Is the governor next?
There has been speculation lately that Kennedy may want to turn back and run for governor in 2023. However, recent events could rule that out.
The executive committee of the Louisiana Republican Party voted over the weekend to endorse Attorney General Jeff Landry for governor. Landry is the only Republican candidate to officially announce himself.
It seems unlikely that Kennedy would oppose Landry and the state GOP in a gubernatorial bid. As a returning senator in what may be a GOP-controlled Senate, he will wield plenty of power on various Senate committees, including the powerful Judiciary Committee.
Kennedy’s chances of staying in Washington are much higher than the chances that he will decide to return to Louisiana for the governor’s mansion.
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It was a smooth night for all of the incumbents in Louisiana’s congressional delegation. Congressman Clay Higgins won the reelections despite a large number of challengers, and each incumbent won well in excess of the 50 percent required to win without a runoff.
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