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November 22, 2015 Louisiana’s political campaign season finally came to an end Saturday evening as the general (runoff) election settled three contests for statewide office as well as a handful of district races. Two races for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) wrapped up as well as four state Senate seats and 14 seats in the House of Representatives. Following is an overview of the results.

Mississippi Republicans solidified gains across the board in statewide elections Tuesday, easily holding the governor’s mansion, the very powerful lieutenant governor’s post, state Senate; and expanding to a near super majority in the House of Representatives.  Moreover, a united effort by Republican leadership succeeded in derailing a largely Democratic-driven ballot initiative to shift ultimate educational spending oversight to the state’s courts.