Republican Jeff Landry, backed by former President Donald Trump, wins Louisiana's governor race.
Landry's victory marks a significant win for the GOP after 8 years of Democratic leadership.
Landry secured more than half of the votes, avoiding a runoff election.
He has championed conservative policies and faced controversy on issues like transgender healthcare and abortion.
Landry has clashed with outgoing Governor John Bel Edwards on various matters.
His top priorities as governor include addressing crime and supporting capital punishment.
Other candidates in the race included state senators, a former business group head, and a former Democratic candidate.
Statewide contests and ballot measures were also on the ballot.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser won re-election, while other races will be decided in November runoffs.
The attorney general, state treasurer, and secretary of state races, as well as localized races, are ongoing.