Mar 25, 2024 - Politics

Head of Louisiana Democratic Party loses DSCC seat

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The head of the Louisiana Democratic Party lost her State Central Committee seat in the state's closed primary Saturday.

Why it matters: It came after a progressive campaign to upend state Democratic leadership, which has been under scrutiny since the party failed to at least force now-Gov. Jeff Landry into a runoff in last fall's elections.

The big picture: Katie Bernhardt lost the DSCC District 45-A race to Madeleine Brumley Clavier, who garnered 64% of the vote, according to the Louisiana Illuminator.

Zoom in: Louisiana voters on Saturday chose candidates for the Republican and Democratic State Central Committees and the parties' Parish Executive Committees.

  • While the Republican elections held little interest, a coalition of progressives that called themselves Blue Reboot sought to shake up the Democratic Party by filling open positions on its central committee with more than 100 candidates.
  • A campaign ad for the group said it aimed to "reform and rebuild our state party, invest in building Democratic power and save our state from Jeff Landry and the red wave of extremists."

By the numbers: 42 ran unopposed and 19 others won, according to a representative for the Blue Reboot campaign.

Meanwhile: Voters also elected President Biden and former president Donald Trump as the Democratic and Republican nominees in the presidential primary, but they had locked in the nominations earlier this month.

What's next: Louisiana Democratic Party rules say the leader doesn't actually have to be an elected member of the DSCC. So it's possible, but unlikely, that Bernhardt keeps the position, per the Illuminator.

  • Internal DSCC elections take place in about a month, according to the Gambit, which would yield any results from efforts to remove Bernhardt.
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