From the President of the United States to City Council and School Board, many high profile races were decided Tuesday night, both on the local and national scene.
Complete elections results available on the Secretary of State's website: http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/11062012/Default.html
Barack Obama will be re-elected as president of the United States. Major networks called the race after awarding the state of Ohio to the President, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House.
As expected, Louisiana's eight electoral votes went to Governor Mitt Romney, who beat the President handily in the Bayou State, 59% to 39%. Governor Romney also won most of the midwest and southeast.
Crescent City Connection Tolls
One of the most talked-about races in southeast Louisiana revolved around toll collection on the Crescent City Connection bridge. Votes are still being tabulated Wednesday afternoon: 154,373 to extend the tolls, 154,365 to end the tolls.
New Orleans City Council
With 91% of votes counted, it appears there will be a runoff for City Council District B between LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan.
Meanwhile, with only 42% of the votes in, the top two vote-getters in District E are Austin Badon and James Gray.
Voters overwhelmingly approved a change to the New Orleans Home Rule Charter which would make Council At-Large positions two separate races.
Louisianians chose representatives in all six of our newly-defined U.S. Congressional Districts, after population shifts caused changes to the old boundaries.
District 1 - which includes parts of Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne Parishes - re-elected republican Steve Scalise.
With 91% of the precints in District 2 reporting - which includes Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist Parishes - incumbent democrat Cedric Richmond has just over 50% of the vote, suggesting he'll narrowly avoid a runoff against fellow democrat Gary Landrieu.
Due to the re-drawing of district lines, the 3rd Congressional District pitted two incumbents against each other. Those two candidates, republicans Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry, will face each other in a December runoff.
District 4 - which includes most of west and northwest Louisiana - was easily won by republican incumbent John Fleming.
The 5th District - which is composed of Parishes in central and northeast Louisiana, along with the extreme northern edges of St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes - was a runaway race with republican Rodney Alexander winning another term with 78% of the vote.
Voters in Lafourche, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and Terrebonne Parishes elected republican Bill Cassidy to another term in Congressional District 6.
Louisiana Constitutional Amendments
Voters across the state approved eight of the nine amendments to the constitution. The only amendment to not receive approval would have authorized the city of New Iberia to annex property away from Iberia Parish.
Approved amendments included measures to: protect the Medicaid trust fund, subject any gun laws to the most strict scrutiny available to the judicial system, require bills about retirement systems to be filed earlier than other bills, allow spouses of certain deceased veterans to claim a higher homestead exemption, allow courts to include forfeiture of public retirement benefits is an elected official is convicted of a crime, adjusting the membership of certain state boards and commissions based on congressional districts, some non-manufacturing businesses would be able to be exempted from local property tax collection, and the time to advertise changes to crime prevention districts would be increased.
School Board Term Limits
Voters in Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington Parishes approved a term limitation for parish school board members (Jefferson Parish already has term limits in place and did not vote on the measure).