Voters will return to the polls May 27 to choose between the two top finishers in Saturday’s special election for State Senate District 2, a seat formerly occupied by the disgraced Troy Brown.
Warren Harang III and Edward Price will face off in the runoff election, after finishing first and second in the Saturday primary, besting 11 other candidates including two home-grown contenders from Thibodaux.
With 85 of 119 precincts reporting as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday Harang, a Donaldsonville sugar farmer and son of the late Thibodaux mayor Warren Harang Jr., had 3,475 votes, or 29 percent. Price, state representative for District 58, is a former member of the Ascension Parish School Board and past president of the Louisiana School Board Association. With 2,585 votes, or 21 percent, Price appeared the most likely runoff contender. Coming in third was Elton Aubert, with 13 percent of the vote. Statistically, it did not appear that Aubert or any other candidate in the crowded field would overcome Price’s lead, and certainly not outshine Harang.
Thibodaux residents Jerry Jones and Tommy Lyons drew 4 percent and 3 percent of the vote at 9:30, respectively.
Brown resigned his senate seat following two incidents in which he had admitted committing acts of violence against his wife and another woman with whom he allegedly had a relationship, in separate incidents.
Both Harang and Price are Democrats.