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Senator Dale M. Erdey

State Sen. Dale Erdey sailed to an easy re-election victory Saturday.

Erdey captured 64 percent of the votes cast compared to 36 percent for his opponent, Derek Babcock, a near-exact copy of results from the last time the two men went toe to toe for the District 13 seat.

With all precincts reporting, Erdey claimed 17,117 votes to Babcock’s 9,655 in a race with a 36 percent turnout.

This is the second match-up between the two men, both Republicans from Livingston Parish who own insurance agencies.

In 2011, Erdey topped Babcock to hold onto his seat, again claiming 65 percent of the vote. He will be entering his third term.

District 13 includes much of Livingston Parish, as well as portions of southern Tangipahoa Parish and Central.

During the campaign, Erdey touted his experience and involvement with projects such as widening Interstate 12 and luring a new community college and several businesses.

Babcock took the incumbent to task over the still-unfunded Hooper Road Bridge and called Erdey not business-friendly.