All Things New Orleans: State and Local Elections Edition

Nov 11, 2016

About 67 percent of Louisana's eligible voters turned out to cast ballots on Election Day. The state's eight electoral votes went to the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, as expected. This week's All Things New Orleans dives deeper into down-ballot races in Louisiana.

We start with Ed Chervenak, Director of the UNO Survey Research Center and pollster of elections across Louisiana, for his insights on the race for Louisiana's vacant U.S. Senate seat. The November 8 vote put two of the 24 (yes, 24!) candidates into a December runoff. Republican John Kennedy faces Democrat Foster Campbell.

Then, WWNO journalists offer their insights on local and state elections results. Eileen Fleming has more on Governor John "Bel" Edwards' and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's statements on Donald Trump's victory, and what it might mean for their political futures.

Education Reporter Mallory Falk has more on Orleans Parish school board elections, as well as how charter-based education reform bills, based in part on New Orleans' system, fared in two states.

Coastal Reporter Ryan Kailath details a few elections that affect Louisiana's coast, and the state's plans for restoration. In the U.S. Senate race, only one candidate said out loud that climate change is real and caused by humans. A Louisiana Supreme Court race drew funders for and against parish lawsuits against oil and gas companies. And Donald Trump's apparent head of the EPA has been called a "climate criminal" by environmentalists, something to keep an eye on in a state with the world's highest rates of relative sea level rise.