What is so important about the Louisiana election? Bobby Jindal was re-elected to governor by a 2 to 1 margin.
Follow on Twitter:@michaelbaroneIn an election scarcely noticed by national political reporters, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was reelected yesterday with 66% of the vote—far more than the absolute majority needed for victory in this multicandidate election. In second place with 18% of the vote was Democrat Tara Hollis; three other Democrats got 10% of the vote. Jindal carried every one of Louisiana’s 64 parishes (the equivalent of counties in other states) and got less than 50% in only five of them, including Orleans who is coextensive with the city of New Orleans, and four small rural parishes with large black percentages. Jindal was elected in 2007 with 54% of the vote; he improved his percentage in all but one parish (East Baton Rouge, which includes the state capital of Baton Rouge) and made especially big gains in the Cajun country along the Gulf coast.
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There are few certain things in politics, but Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s re-election was one of them. Yesterday, he took nearly 66 percent of the vote in Louisiana, besting his nearest competitor by almost 50 points. Democrats had failed to field a serious candidate.
In the meantime, the state’s local politics are looking redder and redder. With runoffs pending, Republicans have already guaranteed expanded control of both houses of the state legislature, which they originally took through party-switches and a special election earlier this year.
They will have at least 55 seats in the state House, with the possibility of gaining eight more next month (53 are needed for a majority). They will have 24 seats in the state Senate, to 15 Democrats. Jindal’s reform agenda now has both an electoral mandate and a stronger hand in terms of legislative power.
I have, and continue to have, concerns that the left will not quietly fade into the night. Rush and others have noted that the majority of the people now in the United States express some form of conservatism, mostly fiscal conservatism, but also a growing increase in social conservatism.
So we all trek on towards an unknown future. A future that could be back on a track towards prosperity or a track to become another third-world nation beggared by debt and kleptocracy.
I can’t speak for you, but I know which path I’ll work for and it’s not for more debt and tyranny.