In a result that would have been unbelievable even two months ago, Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards has defeated GOP Sen. David Vitter in the Louisiana gubernatorial race. With about three-quarters of Election Day votes in and most early votes counted, Edwards leads Vitter 55-45 in a state that Mitt Romney took 58-41. Edwards’ win gives Louisiana Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008, and makes him one of just two Democrats to hold statewide office in the Deep South. Edwards is also the first Democratic governor of Louisiana since Kathleen Blanco retired in 2007.

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