Lafayette Parish sees 68 percent voter turnout

A line of voters at the South Regional Library on Election Day in Lafayette Nov. 8, 2016.
(Photo: LEE CELANO/THE ADVERTISER)
A line of voters at the South Regional Library on Election Day in Lafayette Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo: LEE CELANO/THE ADVERTISER)

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – Voter turnout in Lafayette Parish nearly reached Clerk of Court Louis Perret’s prediction of 70 percent in Tuesday’s general election. Despite on-and-off rain and some long lines, 106,407 Lafayette Parish residents voted, which is 68.48 percent of registered voters.

“I fully expect to get calls that there are still people in line when the polls close,” Perret said about 7 p.m. “I anticipate we will still be having people voting at 8:30 or 8:45 tonight.”

Few problems were reported at the polls, Perrett said. Some people complained that the U.S. Senate and Congressional races weren’t on their ballot, but they just overlooked them, Perret said.

“The main complaint today has been long lines.”

In the presidential election, 65 percent of voters cast ballots for Donald Trump.

In the U.S. Senate race, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany garnered 44 percent of the Lafayette Parish vote, with Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy getting 14 percent.

Foster Campbell and Kennedy will face off Dec. 10 in a runoff election. In the 3rd Congressional District, Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins will face off in the runoff. Angelle received 27 percent of the Lafayette Parish vote and Higgins received 24 percent.

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