Two area state senators appear to have won reelection Saturday night despite strong challenges, according to early, incomplete vote tallies.
Voters also appear to have elected a new senator in a newly created Baton Rouge-based state senate seat. A Baton Rouge Metro councilwoman is headed into Nov. 19 runoff to represent Louisiana House District 61.
Also, runoffs are expected in the newly drawn House District 101 in north Baton Rouge and in the urban Baton Rouge’s District 61.
In Baton Rouge’s Senate District 14, Yvonne Dorsey polled 8,539 votes with 69 of 75 precincts against challenger state Rep. Michael Jackson, who received 4,145 votes. Both are Democrats. Republican Christopher Toombs, a political newcomer, polled 2,116 votes.
Republican Bodi White, of Central, appears on his way to becoming senator in the Baton Rouge area’s new state senate seat. White received 12,378 votes in the Senate District 6 race and challenger Mike Mannino got 11,603 votes. Eighty of the 83 precincts had reported, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
The House District 61 race pitted two East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members, and a former aide to Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.
A runoff appears likely with 25 of the 28 precincts reporting. C. Denise Marcelle, who is East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman for District 7, polled 2,384 votes or 40.9 percent and will meet Alfred C. Williams, who received 1,861 or 27 percent of the vote. Donna Collins Lewis, East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman for District 6, got 1,574 votes.
Democratic state Rep. Regina Barrow, of Baton Rouge, held off political newcomer Edmond Jordan, a Brusly Democrat, to retain House District 29 seat.
With all 40 precincts reporting, Barrow polled 5,933 votes or 36 percent of those cast. Jordon got 3,345 votes.
Republican businessman Kenny Havard, a political newcomer, will face West Feliciana Police Jury President Ken Dawson, a Democrat, in the Nov. 19 runoff to replace term-limited state Rep. Tom McVea. Havard polled 4,211 votes or 30 percent of those cast. Dawson had 3,274 votes with all 51 precincts reporting.
The two outpaced two other Republicans Bob Arnold and Rob Farmer, and one Democrat Ronnie Jett.
In the newly drawn Louisiana House District 101, Democrats Ted James and Tiffany Foxworth, both lawyers, appear to be in a runoff with eight precincts still needing to report. James had 2,033 votes of 29.26 percent of the total with all 29 precincts reporting. And Foxworth got 1,897votes or 27.3 percent of the total vote.
The other candidates were businesswoman Sarah Holliday, lawyer Jonathan Holloway Sr., retired businessman Frederic “Fred” Reed and Republican business owner Harold Williams, who has the backing of Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The new District 101 that was relocated from New Orleans to Baton Rouge includes the parts of the Merrydale, Monticello and Park Forest areas of Baton Rouge and dips down to the Sherwood Forest area and touches Interstate 12.
State Rep. Dalton Honoré, D-Baton Rouge, held off three opponents to win his first full term in the north Baton Rouge district, which includes Scotlandville, and parts of Baker and Zachary. He was elected last year when Rep. Avon Honey died suddenly.
Honoré collected 4,710 votes or 61 percent of the total cast. Thirty-five of the district’s 36 precincts reported, according to the Secretary of State
He defeated Ronald Rodgers Jr., a Democrat from Baker, Hillery Godfrey Johnson, who ran without party affiliation, and Barbara Thomas, who is the first vice president of the Republican Women of Baton Rouge.
With 25 of the 28 precincts reporting, incumbent state Rep. Pat Smith was holding off a rematch challenge Louisiana House District 67 against challenger Lorri Burgess, according to early results. Both are Democrats. Smith had 2,725 votes while Burgess had 1,708 counted, according to the Secretary of State.
House District 67 is one of three that did not change during efforts earlier this year to redraw district lines to better match changes in population.
A predominantly downtown district, the 67th stretches from north of the State Capitol, south along the Mississippi River past LSU and west of Ben Hur to Duncan Point.
Non-denominational minister Valarie Hodges, of Watson, was ahead of attorney and title company owner Barry Elkins, of Greenwell Springs, in the race to represent House District 64, in early voting results.
Hodges garnered 6,970 votes while Elkins received 3,116.
State Rep. John Bel Edwards should return to the State Capitol for another term after handily defeating his only opponent, out-of-work history professor Johnny “I Can” Duncan.
Edwards, D-Amite, drew 83 percent or 9,968 votes, Duncan’s 16.9 percent, or 2,032 votes with all 44 precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s Office.