(AP) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday easily coasted to a second term, 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 percent of the vote.
“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 in resting on
our past accomplishments. I don’t believe in taking time off,” Jindal
told a packed hotel ballroom of supporters in Baton Rouge.
Jindal piled up $15 million in campaign cash from around the nation
and attracted no Democratic challengers with statewide name recognition
or fundraising heft. He’s had consistently high approval ratings since
taking office in 2008.
His win comes amid the virtual collapse of the Democratic Party’s clout
in the state. In the current term, Republicans have gained control of
all seven statewide elected posts and both chambers of the legislature. (Continues here)