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Election Results In: Edwards, Vitter Head to RunOff

The polls are closed, the votes are counted, and the elction held few surprises in the outcome, but a couple in the numers. As expected, John Bel Edwards will be heading to a runoff with David Vitter. However, Vitter's 23 percent is much lower than expected for the favorite and Edwards' 40 percent is providing some promise to Team Blue Dat. Locally, the Quarter tax easily won approval. Click on through for full results. 

Election Selection Dec. 6

National news coverage of Election Day has long since yielded to the Holiday Frenzy. However, on Saturday (12.06,) voters in Louisiana will head to the polls. The race for U.S. Senate is the marquis attraction. However, in Orleans parish, voters will be deciding on two judges and an education millage as well. Know before you go! Cick on through for a look at the ballot.

Winner Visions: Landrieu Campaign Enlists Stevie Wonder

Most of this weeks LaSen coverage if focused on the Beltway and an endgame for the Kestone XL pipeline. However, in New orleans, Landrieu staffers are trying to take the incumbent’s battle to higher ground. Stevie Wonder announced that he’s with Mary and will be headlining a fundraiser.

Quite Contrary: New Landrieu Ad Highlights Cassidy's Flubbed RLC Speech

The race for Louisiana’s seat in the U.S. Senate has been marked by attack ads. With the runoff at hand, the national spotlight has dimmed a little, but the local media blitz continues. During today’s Saint matchup against the Niners Senator Mary Landrieu is rolling out a much anticipated piece hoping that a famously flubbed speech by rival Representative Bill Cassidy’s  speak for itself.

Landrieu Goes on Offensive With Election Night Speech

By Ashley Larsen

Looks like the Louisiana Senate election is going to a runoff folks. While preliminary reports have been touting the second election for days, Mary Landrieu has been putting on a brave face. The incumbent had been declaring her confidence in victory up until the moment the race was declared otherwise. Not one to wallow, Landrieu leaped on the offensive at her NOLA election night party declaring that “this is the race I’ve wanted to run my whole life.” 

Poll: Gusman Maintains Lead in Sheriff's Race, Quarter of Voters Undecided

A poll aimed at sizing up next month's runoff in the Orleans Parish Sheriff's race shows incumbent Marlin Gusman maintaining much of the lead he built over former sheriff Charles Foti in the primary. The survey, which was conducted by Win Partners LLC, shows Gusman leading the race with 48.2 percent of the vote. Foti was polling at 26.7 percent, while 25 percent of voters surveyed were undecided.

Hedge-Morrell, Ramsey Pick Up Endorsements from Ex-Opponents

With the upcoming runoff round of local elections trimming many races down from wide fields to just two candidates, voters have to recalibrate their options. Same goes for primary candidates who didn't make the runoff, who are now playing the role as sought-after endorsers. This week, two former candidates signed on with former opponents in a pair of City Council races.

Sheriff's Race: Gusman Builds Lead

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman almost avoided another six weeks of campaigning on Saturday. But based on analysis of the primary results, his opponent Charles Foti has a lot more work to do than the incumbent to pull off a victory, according to a political firm that has been conducting polls in the sheriff's race throughout the local campaign season.

Runoff Rundown

Traffic, Magistrate Judge Showdowns on Saturday Election Ballot

New Orleans' fall election season isn't over, yet. With the October 19 primary races presenting no clear winners for either the Traffic Court or Criminal Court Magistrate Judge positions, voters must return to elect one of the two candidates in either or both of these races on Saturday, November 16.

Cassidy Can't Use Some Money Until Runoff, Records Show

Through Oct. 1, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) collected just over $1.6 million in 2013 as he gears up for his 2014 race against U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and tea party challenger Rob Maness. But some of that money will only follow Cassidy if he makes it to the next round. According to federal campaign contribution reports, about 9 percent of the money is earmarked as a "runoff contribution," meaning the Congressman can't use the money unless he finishes among the top two candidates in the first round of voting.

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