Sammy Kershaw Defeated in Louisiana Election

Country music singer Sammy Kershaw was defeated Saturday (Oct. 20) in his bid to become Louisiana’s lieutenant governor. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat, received 701,777 votes — 57 percent — to win re-election without requiring a runoff in November. Kershaw, a Republican, received 375,964 votes — 30 percent — to finish second in the field of five candidates. Republican candidate Gary J. Beard was in third place with 11 percent of the vote. Kershaw, born in Abbeville, La., has maintained residency in Louisiana for several years. He is married to singer Lorrie Morgan.