Democrat wins Louisiana governor election in upset for Republicans

Louisiana Gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters during a Veterans Day event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Democrat John Bel Edwards won election on Saturday as the next governor of Louisiana, staking a rare victory for his party in the conservative U.S. South, daily newspaper The Advocate and WWL-TV projected. Edwards, a 49-year-old state legislator, defeated Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter in a hotly contested runoff election that defied the political headwinds in a state where Republicans currently hold all statewide offices. Vitter, 54, was haunted during the race by his entanglement in a 2007 prostitution scandal in Washington. …

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