Election aftermath: Rough night for incumbents in Louisiana state legislative elections
By Geoff Pallay
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: In a night when partisan control was not at stake in either Louisiana chamber, voters sent a message to incumbents, knocking off five of the eight elected officials appearing on the ballot.
A total of 25 seats were elected last night in the final leg of the 2011 legislative elections. Of those 25 seats, Democrats won 14 while Republicans won 10 and an Independent won one.
Three incumbent Democrats were defeated and two incumbent Republicans. The five seats where an incumbent fell:
- Senate District 39: Incumbent Lydia Jackson (D) was defeated by Gregory Tarver (D).
- House District 14: Incumbent Sam Little (R) was defeated by Jay Morris (R).
- House District 22: Incumbent Billy Chandler (R) was defeated by Terry Brown (I).
- House District 23: Incumbent Rick Nowlin (R) was defeated by Kenny Cox (D).
- House District 44: Incumbent Rickey Hardy (D) was defeated by Vincent Pierre (D).
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