Special Election Gives Republicans Majority in State Senate Since Reconstruction

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 and is filed under Blog, Uncategorized

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There has been an official changing of the guard in the  Louisiana state government as the Republican won the special election for the vacant state senate seat that includes Vermilion, Acadia, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes near the state capitol of Baton Rouge. The seat was vacated by Democrat Nick Gautreaux, after he accepted the position of Commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles.

State Senator-elect Johnathan Perry (R) beat out the Democratic challenger Nathan Strong 52%-48% in a special election on Saturday. That will give the Republicans the majority in the Louisiana State Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. Prior to the elections, a number of defections from the Democratic party to the Republican party had found the Democrats and Republicans were deadlocked at 19 senators a piece. Now, the Republicans will enjoy a 20-19 advantage.

Nathan Strong has a week, February 28, to contest the results. If he doesn’t, it the election will be certified at that time. However, Granger has already called Perry to offer him his congratulations. So, barring any voter fraud revelations in between now and the 28th, there will be no challenges coming from the Strong camp.

The new Republican majority will give the Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, a much easier to road to pass legislation than he has had in the rest of his first term.