— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) November 22, 2015
Mother Jones reports:
Republican Sen. David Vitter lost his bid to be the next governor of Louisiana on Saturday, and it wasn’t even close. The two-term senator lost the runoff election to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards by double digits, setting the stage for the state to potentially become the first in the Deep South to accept a pivotal part of Obamacare…
Edwards, an anti-abortion, pro-gun, West Point grad, became the first Democratic candidate to win a statewide election in Louisiana since 2008, and benefited from support from Republicans who were dissatisfied with Vitter’s personal troubles and who were disappointed by the state’s financial woes under outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal. (By the time Jindal dropped out of the presidential race on Wednesday, the one-time rising star’s approval ratings had dropped to 20-percent.)
Jindal also rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid. Edwards has pledged to sign an executive order authorizing the expansion of the program on his first day in office. That’s a really big deal. Such a move would provide coverage to about 225,000 residents in one of the poorest states in the nation.
John Bel Edwards is not exactly the perfect candidate of my progressive dreams, but then, I’m not an uninsured poor person in Louisiana. So props for the win, about-to-be-Governor Edwards, and may your every legislative decision be 180 degrees in opposition to that of the incumbent.
John Bel Edwards is the first non-incumbent Democrat to win a race for Governor or for Senate in the Deep South since… 2003!
— Taniel (@Taniel) November 22, 2015
With loss in governor's race, Sen. David Vitter says he won't seek re-election, opening another Republican seat in Senate in 2016.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 22, 2015
Dems now control governorships of Louisiana, West Virginia and Montana but not Massachusetts, Maryland or Illinois. Weird times.
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) November 22, 2015
Sincere congrats to all the GOP strategists who no longer have to pretend they can stand David Vitter.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 22, 2015
Aside from being a mudslinger, a refugee-basher, a john who opposed decriminalizing sex work, & a racist, David Vitter, um, nothing good.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 22, 2015
Did David Vitter have a good night? Depends!
— Elon Green (@elongreen) November 22, 2015