Tough Night For Higgins, Richmond

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Congressmen Clay Higgins and Cedric Richmond separately got involved in some high-profile races in the primary and both of them walked away with heavy losses, or at least some quizzical looks.

In Higgins’ case, he campaigned with and ultimately endorsed Sen. Neil Riser for treasurer and former Rep. Lenar Whitney for the Public Service Commission.

Riser actually placed fourth in the primary in Higgins’ 3rd Congressional District, at 19 percent, behind Angele Davis’ 29 percent, John Schroder’s 24 percent and Derrick Edwards’ 22 percent, according to computations by JMC Analytics and Polling.

As for the part of the PSC’s 2nd District that overlaps with Higgins Country (four parishes), Whitney received 21 percent and the second spot there, to 44 percent for Dr. Craig Greene, who won, and 25 percent for former Rep. Damon Baldone. Higgins’ endorsement clearly made more of an impact in this contest, where Whitney ran in last place overall.

Richmond, on the other hand, had a much larger slate of allies in New Orleans’ varied races. His choice for mayor, former Judge Desiree Charbonnet, ran nine points behind Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell to make the runoff. Richmond also had some picks for council races that didn’t run very strong, including one that was a particularly embarrassing defeat.

Politicos in New Orleans contend those primary showings have energized Richmond, who plans to be heavily involved in the city’s remaining runoffs.

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