Record-breaking: More than 2.1 million voters cast their ballots in Louisiana, the most ever in a presidential election, Louisiana Illuminator reports. The unofficial turnout sits at 69.4%, compared to the 67% voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election. Before Nov. 3, about one-third of Louisiana’s registered voters cast ballots during the 10 days of early voting for this year’s presidential election, according to statistics provided by Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office. Read the full story.
Slowdown: U.S. private payrolls increased less than expected in October, providing an early sign of a slowdown in economic activity as fiscal stimulus diminishes and new COVID-19 infections surge across the country, Reuters reports. Private payrolls increased by 365,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday. Data for September was revised up to show 753,000 jobs added instead of the initially reported 749,000. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast private payrolls would rise by 650,000 in October. See the report.
ICYMI: Four incumbent Republicans and an incumbent Democrat from Louisiana all won reelection to the U.S. House in Tuesday’s election, while the race to replace Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham, who is stepping down from Congress, will be settled in a December runoff. See the full rundown of Louisiana’s election results here.