[Guest post by DRJ]
Louisiana voters went to the polls today to vote for Governor and other state and local offices. The media suggests Republican Bobby Jindal is the favorite but it’s unknown whether he can garner more than 50% of the vote and avoid a runoff.
Click (more) to see results, which will be updated as they come in.
Very early results (as I write this just 14 out of 3,967 precincts have reported) have Jindal-R with 61% of the gubernatorial vote. The only close race is for Lt. Governor in which Democrat Mitch Landrieu led 45%-42%-12% over Republicans Sammy Kershaw and Gary J. Beard. Republicans are competitive or leading in other state-wide races. It looks like Louisiana may be a two-party state.
I’ll update this as the returns come in and feel free to alert me in the comments as more results come in.
Update 1: With 155 precincts reporting, Jindal-R leads with 57%. Next is Walter J. Boasso-D with 17% followed by Foster Campbell-D with 13% and John Georges-N with 11%. A number of candidates round out the field.
Update 2: 375 precincts reporting and Jindal’s lead is down to 53% with Boasso (18%), Campbell (14%), and Georges (12%) trailing.
Update 3: with 632 precincts reporting, Jindal is at 52%, Boasso at 19%, Campbell at 15%, and Georges at 12%.
Update 4: Here’s a map of election results by parish. The returns page isn’t loading or loads slowly, probably as results are updated. I’ll try to update once it’s online.
Update 5: Thanks to Dusty (and to other intrepid election reporters), we were among the first to know that Bobby Jindal is the winner of the Louisiana governor’s race and won’t face a runoff. Mitch Landrieu was elected Lt. Governor, Jay Dardenne returns as Secretary of State, and the Attorney General’s race is a runoff. Final numbers will be posted in Update 6 when available.
Update 6: Final numbers reported just after Midnight with all 3967 precincts reporting. Thanks, Scott.