Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry won the Louisiana governor’s race on Saturday, defeating Democrat Shawn Wilson and reclaiming the office for the GOP after four years under Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Landry, 60, campaigned on a platform of conservative values, including tax cuts, gun rights, and pro-life policies. He also pledged to improve the state’s economy and education system.
In his victory speech, Landry thanked his supporters and promised to be a governor for all Louisianans.
“We will work together to build a brighter future for our state,” he said. “We will make Louisiana a place where everyone can thrive.”
Wilson, 39, is a businessman who ran on a platform of change. He campaigned on promises to expand access to healthcare, improve infrastructure, and invest in education.
In his concession speech, Wilson congratulated Landry and wished him well.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the people of Louisiana,” he said. “I know that Jeff Landry will be a good governor for our state.”
Landry’s victory is a setback for Democrats, who had hoped to hold onto the governorship in a state that has become increasingly competitive in recent years.
Republicans now control the Louisiana governorship and both houses of the state legislature.