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John Bel Edwards elected governor of Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Democrat John Bel Edwards will be Louisiana's next governor.

He is projected to win the runoff against Republican David Vitter.

Both candidates traded blows during the month-long runoff. Edwards attacked Vitter's character for the 2007 prostitution scandal that was linked to the "D.C. Madam." Vitter fought back by suggesting Edwards would allow Syrian refugees to resettle in Louisiana.

Voters ultimately made their decision Saturday when polls closed at 8 p.m.

Edwards is anti-abortion and pro-gun. He severed in the military and was elected to the state house in 2007.

In his speech after conceding the race, Vitter said he had reached his "personal term limit," and will pursue new challenges outside of the Senate. 

The governor-elect said he hopes to work with Vitter while he remains in office.

Governor Bobby Jindal is term-limited. He responded to the results of the race in an email. 

"Louisiana is in a stronger position today than it ever has been and I am very optimistic about the future of this great state," he said.

Edwards will be sworn in on the second Monday of January.

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