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.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune endorsed Jindal for re-election this month for those efforts as well as for his management of hurricanes, including Ida in 2009 and Lee in 2011, and the 2010 BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Jindal has cut taxes and supported outsourcing government services to private companies. Louisiana’s jobless rate of 7.2 percent ranks below the national average of 9.1 percent.
Democrats outnumber Republicans in Louisiana 44 percent to 41 percent, according to Gallup data. Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents, who traditionally voted Democratic, were displaced after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
A poll conducted by WWL-TV on Oct. 5 gave Jindal an approval rating of 63 percent.