Pro-Life Republican Jeff Landry Flips Democrat State, Wins Louisiana Governor Race

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 15, 2023   |   8:20AM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-Life Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Jeff Landry won his election Saturday night, flipping the Democrat-led state to Republican. Landry, the state’s Attorney Genral, replaces Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who could not seek re-election due to term limits.

Landry defeated pro-abortion Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson (D).

This is the first time Louisiana has had a Republican governor in 8 years.

“Today’s election says that our state is united,” Landry said in his victory speech. “It’s a wake up call and it’s a message that everyone should hear loud and clear, that we the people in this state are going to expect more out of our government from here on out.”

By winning more than half the votes, Landry avoided a runoff. Republicans were eager to regain control in a state that voted for Trump in the 2020 presidential election by nearly 20 points.

As attorney general, Landry has boldly defended Louisiana’s protections for unborn children and their mothers. On his campaign website, Landry also highlights his 100% voting record with National Right to Life while he served in Congress.

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By contrast, Wilson opposes the protections passed by the Louisiana Legislature for unborn children and their mothers. Unlike Governor Edwards, a pro-life Democrat who signed numerous bills to protect unborn children and to support pregnant women, Wilson’s position mirrors that of the national Democratic Party. “Obviously, we are the pro-choice party and that’s more important now than ever,” stated Katie Bernhardt, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “People were compromising on the issue before, but now aren’t willing to do so anymore – and shouldn’t have to.”

Landry fought for and defended the state’s abortion ban in court, which is now currently protecting babies from abortions.