Republicans are guaranteed of retaining control of a vacant House seat in a special election next month in Louisiana.
That’s because Republican candidates were the top two vote-getters in a first-round vote Oct. 19 in the northeastern 5th District, which will hold a runoff election Nov. 16.
State Sen. Neil Riser led the 14-candidate field with 32 percent of the vote, followed by businessman Vance McAllister at 17 percent. The leading Democratic candidate, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, was third with 15 percent.
Given the size of the candidate field in the all-party, single-ballot election, no one was likely to secure an outright victory with a majority of all votes. Mitt Romney won 61 percent of the district’s vote against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, so it wasn’t surprising that the top two vote-getters were Republicans.
Riser has the backing of members of the Louisiana congressional delegation and former Rep. Rodney Alexander, whose resignation last month necessitated the special election. Riser raised $561,374 through Sept. 29, according to Federal Election Commission reports. McAllister hasn’t filed any campaign reports.
There are 231 Republicans and 200 Democrats in the House. Louisiana’s 5th is one of four vacant districts.