LA secretary of state candidate spends $2,000 on campaign, reaches surprise runoff

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) - Courtesy: Christina Watkins (WDSU)

There will be a runoff in December for Louisiana secretary of state, but one of the candidates came as a surprise at the end of the Nov. 6 election.

Republican Kyle Ardoin will face Democratic Gwen Collins-Greenup.

Ardoin is currently the interim Secretary of State. Collins-Greenup is a new name many voters are just hearing about.

She's from Clinton and has more than 20 years of experience as an accountant.

Collins-Greenup ran her campaign from her home, with her husband as her campaign manager. She reached voters through social media and face to face, barely spending any money: only $2,000, she said.

If elected, she'll become the first black secretary of state in Louisiana.

"I’m a true conservative in both my personal and professional life. So, in this office, I plan to use our tax dollars to the best of my ability, and having that accounting background, it'll be put to good use," Collins-Greenup said.

The runoff is set for Dec. 8.

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