Polls closed at 9 PM ET (8 PM local time) in Louisiana, where runoff elections for governor, secretary of state, and state legislative races are being held. To better understand the returns as they come in, check out our parish-by-parish benchmark guide here. These benchmarks show the targets Democrat John Bel Edwards likely needs to hit in each parish in order to win re-election.
The first votes are already showing up in a handful of parishes—almost certainly early votes, about 28,000 of them. Our rule of thumb is to hold off on discussing actual numbers until we reach 10% reporting. Total turnout in the October all-party primary was 1.3 million votes, so we’ll wait until we hit at least 100,000 votes.
All of a sudden we have more than 275,000 votes tallied. Rispone leads Edwards 56-44, but the counties reporting so far may not be representative of the state as a whole.
Note that the two parishes where Edwards can be expected to perform best—East Baton Rouge and Orleans—haven’t reported a single vote yet.