Ardoin reelected as Louisiana secretary of state

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FILE- In this July 20, 2018 file photo, interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, R-Baton Rouge, talks to reporters about his last-minute decision to run in the special election for secretary of state, in Baton Rouge, La. Ardoin appeared last week at President Donald Trump’s Monroe rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. Ardoin, a Republican, is running against Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup in Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 runoff election. Under Louisiana law, a secretary of state can participate in political activity related to his own campaign, but not to support other candidates. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Republican Kyle Ardoin has won his first full term as Louisiana’s chief elections official, the secretary of state.Ardoin defeated Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup in Saturday’s election.

The runoff was a rematch of the special election Ardoin won last year. Ardoin was a top deputy to former Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Republican who resigned in 2018 amid sexual harassment allegations.

Ardoin took over the position, then won the election to serve the final year of Schedler’s term.

Collins-Greenup has worked in notary and real estate businesses and is a former city court administrator and clerk of court employee.

She’s did little fundraising to compete for the position.The two contenders never faced off in a public forum ahead of the election.

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