If you remember correctly, the American South was the birthplace of the Democratic Party. And yet, one more southern state is doing an about-face when it comes to supporting the political left.
In fact, Louisiana is now officially 100 percent Republican-controlled.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Pelican State’s politics, it has been a pretty blue state for decades. It was only a few years ago that just about everyone considered Louisiana to be a “permanently blue” state.
But thanks to recent elections, that’s simply not the case anymore.
The latest of these saw Republicans take over the governor’s mansion and offices of the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Attorney General.
In October, GOP Jeff Landry won the Governorship, beating out his Democrat opponent Shawn Wilson outright. Many assumed, based on the state’s blue history, that Landry would barely scrape up more than 50 percent of the vote, being forced to stand in a runoff election.
But that’s not what happened.
Thankful beyond belief. I’m ready to get to work for Louisiana!
— Jeff Landry (@JeffLandry) October 15, 2023
And so the governor’s office has been flipped to red.
GOP Nancy Landry (no relation to the newly elected governor) beat her leftist opponent, Gwen Collins-Greenup, with 66.8 percent of the vote for the office of Secretary of State. She is also the first woman to ever be elected to that office.
Similarly, Liz Murrill became the state’s first woman Attorney General. She won the election with 66.37 percent of the vote compared to her Democratic opponent’s 33.63 percent.
The last of the more recent elections saw Republican John Fleming elected to State Treasurer. Fleming beat Democratic candidate Dustin Granger with 65.44 percent of the vote.
Of course, those are not all the GOP offices held in the state. In fact, all elected offices statewide are now controlled by the Republican Party. This includes the state’s Senate, House of Representatives, Agriculture Commissioner, and Insurance Commissioner.
The state US Senators are also GOP members, as is the House of Representatives new Speaker, Mike Johnson, who is from Louisiana.
Looks like Louisiana got tired of Democratic policies and decided to go a different route after all.