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Billy Nungesser wins race for Lt. Governor

Lt. Governor-elect Billy Nungesser (Source: BillyNungesser.com) Lt. Governor-elect Billy Nungesser (Source: BillyNungesser.com)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican Billy Nungesser will take over as Louisiana's lieutenant governor in January, after defeating Democrat Kip Holden in the runoff election.
    
Nungesser, former president of Plaquemines Parish, coasted to an easy victory Saturday against Holden, after fighting for his spot in the runoff.
    
Holden spent little on the race, building his campaign on grassroots support and his name recognition after years as mayor of Baton Rouge.
    
Nungesser's campaign, meanwhile, spent more than $2 million in the primary alone, building his name recognition in an attack-heavy slugfest with fellow Republican John Young, president of Jefferson Parish.
    
The lieutenant governor leads Louisiana's Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and serves as the figurehead for the state's $11 billion tourism industry. The job is open because Republican Jay Dardenne ran unsuccessfully for governor.    

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