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Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will be in the runoff for lieutenant governor with former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

Holden received 33 percent of the vote, with Nungesser getting 30 percent.

VIDEO: Kip Holden

"We really shocked them," Holden told supporters.

The mayor said when he first told people he was running for lieutenant governor, people asked him if he had lost his mind. He said the questions about how he would fair in New Orleans did not really phase him. He has worked there, was born at Charity Hospital and went to Loyola University.

He said now it's time to build on the momentum and continue showing people how great this state is. 

Holden added one thing he plans to show is just as he's been able to bring industry to Baton Rouge, he plans to work with mayors and parish presidents around the state to help them do the same.

Four men were vying for the lt. governor position: Republican John Young, president of Jefferson Parish; Republican Billy Nungesser, former president of Plaquemines Parish; Democrat Kip Holden, mayor of Baton Rouge; and Republican state Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas.

The lieutenant governor leads Louisiana's Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and serves as the figurehead for the state's $11 billion tourism industry. Nungesser and Young did most of the campaign spending, in an advertising battle that became attack-heavy in its final days.

The runoff election will be Nov. 21.

The names below are in the order they were listed on the ballot for the October 24, 2015 election.

Elbert Lee Guillory              Republican
Melvin L. "Kip" Holden        Democrat
"Billy" Nungesser               Republican
John Young                       Republican

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