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The first round of election results for Caddo Parish District Attorney are in, with two contenders making it through to the runoff. One of these, Dhu Thompson (R), represents the old guard of the DA’s office, while the other, James Stewart (D), is a former judge and office outsider. In what was a crowded six-way race, Stewart emerged yesterday with a solid lead on his rivals, receiving 41 percent of the vote. Thompson received 36 percent, according to The Shreveport Times:

The men were early favorites in the race to permanently succeed former Caddo DA Charles Scott whose untimely death created a vacancy in the office.

Stewart and Thompson topped opponents LaLeshia Walker Alford, Lee Harville, Mark Rogers and J. Casey Simpson. The election of either man would be a first for Caddo which has yet to have a non-white male run its DA’s office.

The two now will face off in the Nov. 21 general election.

We have previously written about this race as one with national implications. More recently, The Washington Post called it “the biggest local election of 2015.” The prosecutor at the center of the controversy in Caddo Parish, Dale Cox (who is currently acting District Attorney), withdrew his candidacy from the DA’s race following national outrage at his comments regarding the death penalty.

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