Jindal Cakewalks to 2nd Term in Louisiana

Louisiana governor faced little Democrat opposition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2011 2:28 PM CDT
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal thanks supporters during his re-election victory party at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.    (Michael DeMocker)

(Newser) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal easily coasted to a second term today, winning in a landslide election after failing to attract any well-known or deep-pocketed opposition. The 40-year-old Republican overwhelmed nine competitors in the open primary, where a candidate wins the race outright if he or she receives more than 50% of the vote. With 99% of precincts reporting, Jindal had received about 66% of the total vote.

His closest competitor, Tara Hollis, a Democrat from north Louisiana, garnered nearly 18% of the total vote. All of the other candidates were in single digits. Jindal piled up $15 million in campaign cash from around the nation and attracted no Democratic challengers with statewide name recognition or fundraising heft. The first Indian-American governor in the United States, Jindal is considered by some a possible presidential contender in the future.

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