Louisiana Senate race heads to runoff
© Greg Nash

Louisiana’s Senate race will head to a December runoff after no candidate was able to reach the 50 percent threshold.


State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D) are projected to advance to the Dec. 10 runoff for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE.

Kennedy clinched a little more than 25 percent of the vote, coming in first in the state’s “jungle primary.” He led nearly every poll in the crowded 24-candidate field and had wider name recognition as a statewide official.

Campbell came in second with more than 17 percent of the vote. He narrowly edged out GOP Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyFormer lawmakers call on leadership to focus on unity Partial disengagement based on democratic characteristics: A new era of US-China economic relations Lobbying world MORE, who garnered around 15 percent.

Boustany had faced unsubstantiated allegations claiming he was a client of a local prostitution hub, but he denied those claims and even grew his lead in some of the polls in the home stretch.

Attorney Caroline Fayard (D) and GOP Rep. John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingLobbying world Trump wants Congress to delay Census deadlines amid pandemic Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress MORE narrowly trailed Boustany, respectively.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke (R) received 3 percent of the vote.

Republicans are expected to hold on to the traditionally red seat.