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Lieutenant governor's race headed to Nov. runoff

1 year 7 months 2 days ago October 24, 2015 Oct 24, 2015 Saturday, October 24 2015 October 24, 2015 11:17 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden will face off in the Nov. 21 runoff election for lieutenant governor.

The two men were the top vote-getters in Saturday's election.

Holden, the mayor of Baton Rouge, has spent a small amount of money so far to campaign. Nungesser, former president of Plaquemines Parish, slugged it out in a high-spending primary competition against fellow Republican John Young, president of Jefferson Parish. Young came in third.

Campaigns for Nungesser and Young each spent at least $2 million on the race.

Also on the ballot was Republican state Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas. The job was wide open because its current occupant, Jay Dardenne, ran for governor instead.

The lieutenant governor serves as the figurehead for the state's $11 billion tourism industry.

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