Two Republicans advance to LA House District 8 runoff - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Two Republicans advance to LA House District 8 runoff

(Source: Robbie Gatti campaign) (Source: Robbie Gatti campaign)
Republican Raymond Crews addresses supporters at a watch party Saturday night after reaching the runoff for the Louisiana District 8 House Seat. (Source: KSLA) Republican Raymond Crews addresses supporters at a watch party Saturday night after reaching the runoff for the Louisiana District 8 House Seat. (Source: KSLA)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Two separate watch parties Saturday night featured plenty of cheers, clapping and lots of smiling among the supporters for the two men left standing in the race to represent north Bossier in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Now comes the runoff next month.

It will pit fellow Republicans Raymond Crews and Robbie Gatti against each other.

Crews won 41 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent for Gatti, handily surpassing the other two challengers, Republicans Patrick Harrington and Michael Lowrie, in voting March 25.

Crews and Gatti are self-described conservative Republicans, Crews is a retired Air Force B-52 and later commercial airline pilot, while Gatti is an ordained minister and former small business owner.

"I have 20 solid years of business experience, and I ran a physical therapy clinic for 20 years, and there's no question about that, and I survived and thrived and was able to sell that practice," explained Gatti.

Crews said serving as a state representative comes with moral imperatives. "Number one priority, well, continued like Mike Johnson did first of all with life. Life is the most important thing. And from that, then you can go to liberty and Louisiana like I've spoken about before."

This has also been described as a very negative race by some of the candidates.

Gatti said: "I want to thank up front Duke Lowrie and Patrick Harrington for running a clean campaign. I mean, they went above and beyond to take the high road, and it was an honor to run against those guys."

Crews countered that what people have to say about both of them is critical. "You're going to have to look at both of our views on stuff and look at the history, see who's supporting us. And I think right there you're going to be told what you need to be told for the next election."

The other two candidates in the race received a thousand votes collectively. The runoff candidate who can attract the lion's share of those voters is expected to win the race. 

The runoff election is set for April 29.

The winner will fill the seat vacated by Republican Mike Johnson, who in December was elected to Congress.

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