NPR's analogy of the choice of hotels for election parties as predictive of the outcome of the election is brilliant. Goodbye, David Vitter. Though Vitter will be in the US Senate till January 2016, he said he will not run for another term. The final count showed Edwards with a 12 percent lead, 56-44.
State Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday's election, marking a change in the political landscape in the conservative South.
Edwards will be the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, where Republicans dominate politically.
You could almost have predicted the outcome of the race based on the candidates' election night parties. Sen. David Vitter was set up at a hotel near the airport, while John Bel Edwards lodged in the historic Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter.
We are so pleased John Bel Edwards won the election for governor by a large margin, and David Vitter was soundly trounced. Fear-mongering, lying, spying, and running a generally nasty campaign don't always win elections. Edwards will take on an enormous challenge in cleaning up the mess he inherits from Bobby Jindal, beginning with the $1.4 billion budget gap the governor and the Louisiana Legislature will need to address. We wish him the best.