Special election victory in Louisiana gives GOP majority

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February 20, 2011

By Geoff Pallay

Jonathan Perry won a special election to the Louisiana State Senate.

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: Republican representative Jonathan Perry (R) defeated Nathan Granger in the Louisiana special election for the District 26 seat, according to unofficial results.[1]

The election took place on February 19, to fill the seat vacated by Nick Gautreaux (D) when he was appointed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.[2]

Perry received 52 percent of the vote and Granger garnered 48 percent.[3]

Perry's victory gives the Republican Party a 20-19 advantage in the Senate. Already having a majority in the Louisiana House of Representatives and with a Republican governor, the GOP now has a trifecta in Louisiana.

Another special election will likely be needed to fill Perry's seat in the House.

With redistricting currently ongoing, and state legislative elections this year, Perry's victory will likely have a pivotal impact on Louisiana politics in the immediate future. Louisiana lost 1 Congressional seat from this year's new apportionment.

Louisiana State Senate

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 26
Total 39

Louisiana House of Representatives

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 59
     Independent 2
Total 105

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