'Cajun John Wayne' wins Louisiana congressional seat over Scott Angelle
The Times-Picayune By Julia O'Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on December 10, 2016 at 9:20 PM, updated December 11, 2016 at 12:57 AM
The "Cajun John Wayne" is on his way to Washington, D.C.
Louisiana voters in Acadiana and Lake Charles voted Saturday (Dec. 10) to replace U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, with tough-talking former sheriff's captain Clay Higgins over Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle in the all-Republican runoff.
Higgins, like Donald Trump, has no experience as an elected official and had never run for office. He became a celebrity, largely because of videos he recorded while working for the St. Landry sheriff that went viral and gained national attention. An internet sensation, Higgins is often referred to as the "Cajun John Wayne."
Higgins and Angelle emerged from a crowded field of 12 candidates in the Nov. 8 primary. Angelle had been expected to be the clear frontrunner, but got only 29 percent of the primary vote and led Higgins by just 3 percentage points, despite having more money and experience running campaigns.
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