Election 2020

Louisiana Governor's Race Goes to Dem, Vitter Out of Senate Race

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The Republican Party lost a governorship on Saturday as Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) was trounced in the race to replace Gov. Bobby Jindal.

With all precincts reporting, Vitter lost to Democrat John Bel Edwards, the minority leader in the state’s House of Representatives, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) declared that Edwards’ “commitment to expanding quality health care to hundreds of thousands of Louisianans, making higher education more affordable and accessible for students all across the state and restoring integrity to the Governor’s Mansion is a message that Democrats all across the country can run on and win with in 2016.”

“John Bel Edwards’ victory shows that Louisiana has turned the page on David Vitter’s scandals and eight years of Bobby Jindal’s failed economic policies,” she added.

Vitter announced as he conceded the race that he will not run to retain his Senate seat.

“I’ve reached my personal term limit,” Vitter said. “I’m very confident we’re going to elect another strong conservative to fill this Senate seat next year.”

Jindal’s campaign said days ago that he would not run for the Senate seat if it became open.