Rescheduled from October 9 due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida, Louisiana holds its fall elections on Saturday. In terms of races we follow, this includes elections for three vacancies in the state legislature and for mayor of New Orleans.
Louisiana has a hybrid system, with no primaries prior to Election Day. All candidates from all parties compete on a single ballot. if one candidate gets a majority, they are elected. Otherwise, the top two finishers advance to a runoff. This year's runoffs will be on Saturday, December 11.
Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.
State Legislature Special Elections
Senate District 27
There are 39 State Senate districts in Louisiana. Republicans hold a large 26-12 majority. Senators serve four-year terms; the next regularly scheduled election is in 2023.
Located in the southwestern part of the state, District 27 includes Lake Charles. The former incumbent, Republican Ronnie Johns, resigned in July after being appointed chair of the Louisiana State Gaming Control Board.
There are two Republicans and a Democrat on the ballot.
House Districts 16 and 102
There 105 House districts in Louisiana. Currently, Republicans hold 68 of the seats to 32 for Democrats. There are three independents and two vacancies that will be filled by the winners of these special elections. Representatives serve four-year terms; the next regularly scheduled election is in 2023.
Both these districts are heavily Democratic; no Republicans are competing.
District 16: The seat in this Monroe-area district has been vacant since July, when Frederic Jones resigned after being elected to Judicial Court. Jones was in his first term. Three Democrats are on the ballot.
District 102: Gary Carter Jr. resigned from this New Orleans-area district in June after being elected to the State Senate. Carter was in his second term. Two Democrats are on the ballot.
New Orleans Mayor
New Orleans is the 53rd largest city in the United States,1 with a population of just under 385,000. The mayor is Democrat LaToya Cantrell, who is seeking a second four-year term. She is the first woman to hold the position in the city's history.
Although she has attracted 13 challengers, Cantrell is expected to win a second term.