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AP: Hughes defeats Guidry for seat on Louisiana Supreme Court

Judge Jeff Hughes Judge Jeff Hughes

Republican appeals court judge Jeff Hughes is moving up to Louisiana's highest court.
    
Hughes was the winner Saturday of a runoff election for an open seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court representing the eight-parish Baton Rouge region.
    
The seat is vacant because Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball is retiring at the end of January.
    
Hughes, a former state District Court judge from Livingston Parish, defeated one of his colleagues for the position: John Michael Guidry, a Democrat and former lawmaker from Baton Rouge.
    
Hughes broke with the usual approach that many judges take when running for office. Instead of refusing to weigh in on hot-button topics, Hughes branded himself a conservative and touted his beliefs as being "pro-life, pro-gun and pro-traditional marriage."

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