Melancon will face Vitter in November

Wade McIntyre

Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senator Charles Melancon with 71 percent of the 1st Party Primary vote, or 77,702 votes, will challenge incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter in the November runoff election, according to unofficial Secretary of State Office results from Saturday’s election.

Melancon and Vitter easily outdistanced their opposition in the low turnout election.

In the upcoming November election, they will also face opposition from Libertarian Party candidate Randall Todd Hayes who defeated Anthony Gentile with 62 percent, or 1,529 votes in the Libertarian party primary Saturday.

Vitter received 88 percent of the statewide turnout in his party’s primary, or 85,179 votes. In Ascension Parish he received 86 percent, or 1,739 votes.

Melancon had 72 percent of the Ascension turnout in the Democratic Primary, or 1,375 votes.

Hayes received 16 votes in Ascension, to 15 votes for Anthony Gentile.

Republican candidate for U.S. Representative in the 3rd Congressional District Jeff Landry picked up 10,395 votes district wide votes, or 50 percent, but was 163 votes short of outright victory, according to unofficial results.

Presumably, candidate Republican Hunt Downer, a former Louisiana Speaker of the House, with 36 percent of the turnout, or 7,570 votes, will face Landry in a runoff.

Downer received 26 percent of the vote, or 252 ballots, in Ascension Parish to 58 percent and 555 votes for Landry. Kristian Magar, picked up 16 percent of the parish turnout, or 151 votes.

The winner of a Landry/Downer runoff election will face incumbent Democratic Party candidate Ravi Sangisetty, who was unopposed in the 1st Primary, this November.