State Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) was elected the governor of Louisiana in a runoff election on Saturday, defeating U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R). Edwards won 56 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. "I will not let you down," he said. "This election shows us that the people of Louisiana in a time of deep cynicism about our politics and also our future, have chosen hope over scorn... and over a distrust of others." Vitter announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016, and joked that he had "reached my personal term limit" during his concession speech. Edwards, currently the minority leader in the Louisiana House of Representatives, is a conservative Democrat who opposes abortion and supports gun rights.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.