Guillory wins Senate Dist. 24 seat

Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, won that rarest of elections Saturday, an off-year race for an open Louisiana Senate seat.

Guillory is giving up his House seat to move across the capitol to the Senate, winning the District 24 runoff on Saturday.

He defeated Patricia Cravins, D-Opelousas, getting about 62 percent of the vote.

Guillory led the five-person first primary, polling 40 percent to Cravins’ 28 in that vote.

He will take the seat given up by Cravins’ son, Don Cravins, Jr., who took a job with Sen. Mary Landrieu in Washington, D.C.

Guillory, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, will move this week from the 105-member House to the more-exclusive Senate, which has only 39 members.

A special election will be called to fill Guillory’s House post.

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