NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jay Dardenne is leaving the Secretary of State's office, moving up to lieutenant governor.
Dardenne, a Republican, easily defeated Democratic lawyer Caroline Fayard to win the office on Tuesday.
Dardenne, 56, said his record as a conservative and a reformer made the difference.
"We made a statement about our hope for the future of Louisiana and our belief that conservative government, fiscal responsibility and effectiveness and integrity in government mean something, no matter how long you may have been in a particular job," Dardenne said.
Dardenne, who said he congratulated Fayard on running an exceptional race, described himself as "very flattered and humbled."
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.
Besides being second-in-line to the governor, the lieutenant governor oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and manages parks, museums, the state library and statewide tourism efforts.
Dardenne ran on his longtime political experience and attacked Fayard as out-of-step with Louisiana with her support of President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in Louisiana, and her family ties to former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her backing of gay marriage and opposition to the death penalty.
"Caroline Fayard, right for New York or Massachusetts, wrong for Louisiana," one of Dardenne's ads said.
Dardenne led the Oct. 2 primary with 28 percent of the vote to Fayard's 24 percent. Entertainer Sammy Kershaw finished third with 19 percent and backed Dardenne in the runoff.
Fayard, 32, who hasn't previously held elected office, called Dardenne a 23-year career politician who doesn't offer new ideas. She pitched herself as a new face with a "fresh approach to Louisiana and marketing Louisiana."
Dardenne will fill the rest of the term, but said he does not plan on giving up the office after that.
"This is just the beginning," he said. "We're going to have to do this again next year, as all of you know. This is a one-year job and we're going to make it a four-year job next year."