Thursday, November 27, 2014

Edwin Edwards advances to Louisiana runoff, 'Kissing Congressman' loses

Edwin Edwards advances to Louisiana runoff, 'Kissing Congressman' loses




Edwin Edwards, Garret Graves in runoff for 6th
Congressional District


Former governor and ex-convict Edwin Edwards narrowly
won the primary in the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District on
Tuesday, finishing with about 30 percent of the vote with
all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the
Louisiana Secretary of State.



The key question in this race,
however, was not who came in first. It's who came in second -- because that
person has the best shot at winning the seat in the runoff on Dec. 6 and being
sent to Washington, D.C. 


And with 27 percent of the vote,
that coveted spot went to Garret Graves,
Gov. Bobby Jindal's former coastal advisor who also has experience as a staffer
on Capitol Hill. He trailed Edwards by 7,146 votes. 


It was expected that Edwards
would earn a spot in a runoff, but Graves gained momentum in the closing days
of the campaign -- over fellow Republicans Paul Dietzel, state State Sen. Dan
Claitor and state Rep. Lenar Whitney -- and will be favored to defeat Edwards
in the Dec. 6 runoff.


While both candidates are
well aware of a Republican's advantage in the highly conservative district,
neither Graves or Edwards is discounting the Edwards factor. 


"This race is not over, we
can never underestimate Edwin Edwards," Graves said at his election night
party at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Baton Rouge. "I'll be wearing a
bulletproof vest for the next month."


Edwards, too, promised to his
supporters at his campaign party at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge
that he would be on the campaign trail every day, swinging, until the
next election day.



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