Say, did you hear about the big election yesterday? Well, if you’re like the majority of the country, you probably weren’t even aware anyone was voting on Saturday. But for the politically addicted, you might have known that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was up for another term. So… how did that work out for him? Not too shabby.
Bobby Jindal, a Republican who championed stronger ethics laws in his first term as Louisiana governor, won re-election against nine other candidates in an open primary, according to the Associated Press.
Jindal earned 65.8 percent of the vote in yesterday’s ballot, negating the need for a November general election, according to the AP, which declared him the winner. Tara Hollis, a Democrat and schoolteacher making her first bid for public office, came in second with 17.9 percent of the vote, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Jindal, 40, is the first Indian-American governor in the nation. He was elected on promises to change the state’s reputation as a nest for corruption. Within months of taking office, he won approval for laws prohibiting public officials from holding state contracts and requiring them to disclose information about their personal finances.
Owing to Louisiana’s somewhat unusual election laws, the primary election in this case automatically becomes the general election. Had some other candidate done better, leaving Jindal with only a plurality victory, they would have squared off again in November. As things stand, the race is over and Jindal secures four more years in office.
Not terribly surprising, since his latest poll numbers show him with a 63% approval rating. (A number which pretty much any elected official in the nation should envy.) His policies of reducing taxes and shifting government jobs to the private sector have brought Louisiana’s unemployment rate down to just over 7%, well below the national average. If we weren’t still locked out of a lot of energy jobs in the Gulf, he could conceivably gotten it down closer to five. (Thanks, EPA!)
This will once again fuel speculation of either a future presidential run for Jindal, (birther nonsense not withstanding) or even talk of a VP slot for him next year. But for now, it looks like Jindal is content doing the best job he can for Louisiana. And a fine job it’s been thus far by all appearances. Besides… the guy is only 40 years old. He’s got plenty of time to ponder his options.