Supreme Court seat narrowed down to Guidry and Hughes, Runoff in December

Kyle Barnett Nov. 7, 2012, 12:16am

John Michael Guidry (D-Baton Rouge) will face off against Jeff Hughes (R-Walker) in the Dec. 8 runoff election.

NEW ORLEANS – Out of the eight candidates running for the Louisiana Supreme Court District 5 Associate Justice seat to replace retiring Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball only two received over 20 percent of the vote.

Democrat John Michael Guidry received the highest vote count with 27 percent of the vote. Republican Jeff Hughes received 21 percent of the vote. The two will head towards a runoff election on Dec. 8.

Guidry was one of two Democrats in the race. He is currently serving as a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and was one of four from that court who were running for the position including Hughes.

Out of six Republican challengers Hughes received the most votes. Hughes was Kimball's main challenger for the seat in 2008 when he received only 35 of the vote.

The winner of the Dec. 8 race will fill out the remaining six years of Kimball's 10-year term that is set to expire in 2018.

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