Mirroring state returns, Kennedy trounces Campbell in parish

Published 4:09 am Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Republic State Treasurer John Kennedy earned a convincing win against Foster Campbell, his Democratic opponent, in Saturday’s senate race.

Kennedy’s statewide win — 60.6 percent to 39.4 percent — was no less lopsided in Washington Parish, where he dominated 72.23 percent to 27.77 percent.

In total, 7,055 people in the parish cast their votes for the senate race.

Closer to home, Darwin Sharp won his campaign for the Franklinton Board of Aldermen against Douglas Brown, 53.09 percent to 46.91 percent. In all, 648 votes were cast in that race.

Johnny Crain, the parish clerk of court, said Saturday’s race went smoothly.

“Everything went great,” Crain said. “We had no problems whatsoever, other than it being a little cold … But everything went great besides that.”

Registrar of Voters Randy Strickland reported no trouble from his office, either. Strickland’s office handles early voting and voter registration issues.

Strickland said his office had few calls about registration confusion on Saturday.

“No, not really. We got very few,” he said. “Our end was very light.”

Strickland said there were no issues with early voting, although he reported a low turnout.

“Early voting was extremely light compared to last month,” he said.

Crain said the next election will be in March.