Gov. Bobby Jindal easily wins re-election

The Associated Press

Gov. Bobby Jindal easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election Saturday after failing to attract any well-known or well-funded opposition to oust the popular Republican from office. Jindal overwhelmed a field of nine competitors in the open primary. He had nearly 69 percent of the vote with one-third of Louisiana’s precincts reporting.

“I will use every day, every hour of these next four years to make Louisiana the very best that we can be. I don’t believe on resting on our past accomplishments. I don’t believe in taking time off,” Jindal told a packed hotel ballroom of supporters.

The 40-year-old Jindal, who took office in 2008, piled up $15 million in campaign cash from around the nation and attracted no Democratic challengers with statewide name recognition or fundraising heft in the face of his consistently high approval ratings and a near-collapse of the Democratic Party’s clout in the state.

Five of Louisiana’s seven statewide offices were on the ballot, with the most heavily contested races between Republicans vying to be lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne had opposition from Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in a race that focused on bitter attacks. Secretary of State Tom Schedler was locked in a tight contest with House Speaker Jim Tucker…

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