Here is a rundown of this past weekend’s and today’s top state and local government election news and updates. Louisiana held its primary election this past weekend, and both the gubernatorial and attorney general races advance to the runoff election.
Louisiana Gubernatorial Race
John Bel Edwards (D) finished Saturday receiving 39.88% of the votes cast and David Vitter (R) placed second with 23% of the total vote. Since no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, Edwards and Vitter now advance to the November 21 runoff election (Times-Picayune). Both men hastily kicked off their runoff election campaigns the next day, with Edwards tying Vitter to Governor Bobby Jindal (R) and former President Richard Nixon (R) and Vitter tying Edwards to President Barack Obama (D) (Times-Picayune, Post-Bulletin). Both candidates expressed interest in engaging in multiple debates before the runoff election – so far, two are planned, although neither Edwards nor Vitter has committed (Times-Picayune).
Louisiana Attorney General Race
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell (R) finished with the most votes in Saturday’s election – 35.36% – but did not receive enough to outright win. He will be challenged by Jeff Landry (R) – who received 32.66% of the total vote – in the runoff election.
Kentucky Gubernatorial Race
Matt Bevin (R) and Jack Conway (D) met for the second-to-last debate before the November 3 election. The two candidates discussed topics including Medicaid, early childhood education, pensions and medical marijuana (CN|2, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Courier-Journal).
For readers interested in catching up on all the news coverage since the primary election concluded, CN|2 assembled timelines of their articles regarding candidates Jack Conway, Matt Bevin and Drew Curtis (I).
Philadelphia Mayoral Race
James Kenney (D) and Melissa Murray Bailey (R) engaged in the final mayoral debate before the November 3 general election. The candidates discussed topics including attracting businesses to Philadelphia, job creation, the municipal tax code, crime and immigration (Philadelphia Business Journal, The Inquirer).
In addition, the latest campaign finance reports were released on Friday. Between mid-September and mid-October, James Kenney raised slightly more than $300,000 and Melissa Murray Bailey raised $4,500 (The Inquirer).
Special Legislative Races
The Boston Herald examines the special election for a vacant state Senate seat in the Massachusetts General Court featuring two competing state representatives, Michael Brady (D) and Geoff Diehl (R) (Source).
The New York Times examines the special election to fill former state Senator Thomas W. Libous’ (R) seat, which could prove to be a harbinger for the 2016 legislative races (Source).