Here is Advocate political columnist Stephanie Grace's Quick Take on the results of the Louisiana presidential primaries:
1) Several states held nominating contests today, but Louisiana was the biggest prize on both sides for a couple of reasons.
First, these were the only primaries, while all the other states held caucuses. Primaries are official state elections, and they tend to carry more of an official air than party-run caucuses, which can offer shorting voting windows, lower participation and confusing processes.
And second, more delegates were at stake here than in the other states, with one exception. Kentucky, like Louisiana, had 46 Republican delegates up for grabs.
2) As foreshadowed by both pre-election polls and voting results in other Southern states, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump won here. And they needed to, because their chief challengers, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, respectively, each picked up a couple of caucus wins. If not for Louisiana, pundits might be talking about whether the tide is shifting. So as far as headlines go, Louisiana saved the day for both, even though mixed results around the country signal that neither race is about to end.
3) Louisiana was always expected to be Clinton Country. Her husband Bill won twice here, and she is doing extremely well with African-American voters, who make up a majority of the state's Democratic electorate. More notable is that Trump fared well with registered Republicans, who make up only 28 percent of the state's total even though many more voters tend to favor the GOP in national elections. Cruz, who was always expected to perform in Southern states with large evangelical populations, made it close. Still, Trump’s win is just one more sign that the GOP establishment has alienated many of the people it once counted as loyalists.
4) Bobby Jindal was for Marco Rubio, and not surprisingly, the former governor's support didn't do the Florida senator much good. Jindal may be particularly unpopular here, but this is actually part of a larger pattern. In state after state, endorsements by governors and other major figures have done little to sway voters. It's one more sign that this is an anti-establishment year.