What you need to know about this story:A former Marine, a longtime Democrat and a leading candidate for governor, won re-election on Tuesday night, becoming the first African American elected to office in Louisiana.
His victory is a victory for the Democratic Party, but it’s also a reminder of how much of a challenge this state has been to overcome in the past few years.
Louboutins victory was a big blow to President Donald Trump, who called him a “nasty woman” and a “stupid candidate.”
He also blamed Democrats for the loss and said it would cost Louisiana a “tremendous amount of political capital.”
The president also said that the election was a referendum on his administration, which he said had been too soft on crime.
Louisiana has been ravaged by an opioid epidemic and a flood of drug deaths and overdoses that has killed more than 100 people this year.
More:Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was the last Republican to be elected governor in Louisiana, in 2014.
The Democratic Party lost nearly a third of its seats in the state legislature, and a majority of state legislators have left the state.
Trump tweeted that he had been “proud” of Louboutines victory, but he also accused the Republican Party of “sabotaging” his legacy, and called him an “idiot” who would not let the state “get on its feet.”
The New York Times called the race “one of the most closely contested races in modern Louisiana history.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.