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 VitterGrocery group hires new top lobbyist Lobbying World Senate confirms Trump judge who faced scrutiny over abortion views 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 BoustanyMarch tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says Bottom Line On The Money: US adds 155k jobs in November | Unemployment holds at 3.7 percent | Wage growth strengthening | Trump signs stopgap spending bill delaying shutdown 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 FlemingThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles Overnight Energy: Watchdog opens investigation into Interior chief | Judge halts Pruitt truck pollution rule decision | Winners, losers in EPA, Interior spending bill amendments 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.