Republicans Gain Historic Power After Louisiana Democrat Switches Parties

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The Democratic drift to the left has led to a history-making political event in Louisiana.

Citing the incompatibility of Democratic Party positions with his Christian faith, formerly Democratic state Rep. Francis Thompson announced Friday he will change parties and join the GOP.

Thompson’s party switch gives Louisiana Republicans a supermajority in the state’s House for the first time in the state’s 210-year history, according to Newsweek.

A supermajority means the GOP, which has that power in the state Senate, can override any veto from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

In making his announcement, Thompson said, “Let me clear: Nothing has changed.”

“There are values and principles that I firmly hold onto that guide my decisions. My conservative voting record over my years in the Legislature speaks for itself,” he said.

“The push the past several years by Democratic leadership on both the national and state level to support certain issues does not align with those values and principles that are a part of my Christian life.”

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