By MARY FOSTER
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican Secretary of State Jay Dardenne defeated Democratic lawyer Caroline Fayard to win the race for lieutenant governor on Tuesday.
Darden surged to a 60 percent lead to Fayard's 40 percent with about two-thirds of the vote counted.
The job opened up after Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans. Scott Angelle was appointed to the post by Gov. Bobby Jindal but said he would not seek the office.
Dardenne ran on his longtime political experience and attacked Fayard as out-of-step with Louisiana with her support of President Barack Obama, her family ties to the Clintons and her backing of gay marriage.
Fayard, who hasn't previously held elected office, called Dardenne a 23-year career politician who doesn't offer new ideas.