Sunday, October 21, 2007

LA-Gov: Jindal Wins

His victory was expected.

He won 54% outright, avoiding a primary runoff. The combined Democratic vote was about 33%, with Walter Boasso on top at 18%. Independent John George received 14%.

Interesting facts; George won New Orleans, with Jindal coming in second and Boasso third.

In other races;

Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu won reelection by a wide margin, winning 56% and carrying most of the New Orleans area, even heavily Republican St. Tammany and Plaquemines Parishes. He won nearly 90% of the vote in New Orleans, and took Baton Rouge and Shreveport by wide margins, but narrowly won Lake Charles.

Attorney General Charles Foti was defeated, a runoff will take place between Democrat Buddy Caldwell, who came in first in the jungle primary, and Republican Royal Alexander. Caldwell did very well, carrying not only New Orleans, but narrowly losing heavily Republican St. Tammany Parish and winning Plaquemines and St. Bernard, both very Republican. Alexander made it to the runoff thanks to a bigger than expected win in the Shreveport area.

Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, a Republican, won election by a wide margin.

Democrats look to gain a seat or two in the State Senate, loose a couple of seats in the State House.

All in all, a victory for the Republicans, but not the victory everyone expected. Democrats did hold their own. Lt. Governor Landrieu won more votes than Jindal. His sister is running for Senate next year and is the most vulnerable Democrat. Does this help her? Stay tuned.

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