Jindal wins Louisiana governor's race
By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press Writer 2 minutes
BATON ROUGE, La. - U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal won the
Louisiana governor's race Saturday, becoming the
nation's youngest governor and the first non-white to
hold the state's post since Reconstruction.
Jindal, the 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants,
carried more than half the vote against 11 opponents.
With about 87 percent of the vote in, Jindal had 53
percent with 588,002 more than enough to win
outright and avoid a Nov. 17 runoff.
His nearest competitors: Democrat Walter Boasso with
196,104 votes or 18 percent; Independent John Georges
had 156,962 votes or 14 percent; Democrat Foster
Campbell with 141,346 or 13 percent. Eight candidates
divided the rest.
"I'm asking all of our supporters to get behind our
new governor," Georges said in a concession speech.
The Oxford-educated Jindal had lost the governor's
race four years ago to Gov. Kathleen Blanco. He won
the a congressional seat in conservative suburban New
Orleans a year later but was widely believed to have
his eye on the governor's mansion.
Blanco opted not to run for re-election after she was
widely blamed for the state's slow response to
hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
When he takes office in January, Jindal will become
the nation's youngest governor in office.