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Attorney Elected After Challenger Quits Judicial Race

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 A Louisiana attorney has been elected to fill a judicial vacancy after his challenger dropped out of the runoff race.

 
The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office confirmed Friday that Steve Marionneaux officially withdrew from the race to fill a spot on the 18th Judicial District Court. That means Port Allen attorney Kevin Kimball gets an automatic win in the runoff election set for Nov. 18.

 
The Advocate reports Marionneaux and Kimball, a cousin of retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball, were the top two vote-getters in last week's primary election, edging ahead of a third opponent, Lonny Guidroz.

 
According to results from Saturday's race, Kimball won 45 percent of the vote compared to 31 percent for Marionneaux.

 
Marionneaux could not be immediately reached Friday for comment.