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The Louisiana Secretary of State election of 2011 was decided on October 22, 2011 in the primary election. Incumbent Republican Tom Schedler captured more than 50% of the vote in the blanket primary, winning re-election outright. The Louisiana general election was held on Saturday, November 19, 2011[1] but the office of secretary of state did not appear on the ballot. Polling hours on all election days are from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, local time.

Background

Chief deputy Tom Schedler was named acting Secretary of State in late-November 2010 after Jay Dardenne was elected as Lieutenant Governor on November 2nd, 2010.[2] He announced he would seek re-election early in 2011.

Jim Tucker, the current Republican Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, made a late entry to the race in August 2011. His House Republican colleague, Walker Hines, joined the campaign in February 2011 before pulling out in August.

October 22, 2011 primary

See also: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2011; Louisiana attorney general election, 2011
Louisiana Secretary of State, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Schedler Incumbent 50.5% 449,616
     Republican Jim Tucker 49.5% 441,170
Total Votes 890,786


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Candidates

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Drop-outs
  • New Orleans attorney Caroline Fayard announced she would run on May 4, 2011, following her unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor in 2010.[3] She indicated at the end of July she was "still determining her future," suggesting she was not fully committed to the race.[4] Ultimately, Fayard did not make an effort to qualify as a candidate by the September 8, 2011 filing deadline, and will not appear on the ballot.

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Candidates

Drop-outs
  • State Rep. Walker Hines announced he would run on February 16, 2011, calling himself a "reform candidate" that would improve Louisiana's election systems and its state website while creating jobs.[7] He withdrew from the race in August, citing a desire to return to the private sector and improve his health.[8]

Campaign finance

Tom Schedler

As of September 3, 2011, the breakdown of Schedler's campaign finances stood as follows:

Tom Schedler Campaign Finance Reports -- Primary Election[9]
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Total --- --- $229,450.00[10] $62,363.55 ---
90-Day Pre-Primary 7/25/2011 $140,682.36 $79,450.00 $48,981.99 $171,150.37
180-Day Pre-Primary 4/23/2011 $150,000.00[11] $9,317.64 $13,381.56 $140,682.36
Jim Tucker

As of September 3, 2011, the breakdown of Tucker's campaign finances stood as follows:

Jim Tucker Campaign Finance Reports -- Primary Election[12]
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Total --- --- $93,225.00 $15,507.04 ---
2010 1/31/2011 $113,495.52 $93,225.00 $15,507.04 $191,213.48

Endorsements

Jim Tucker:

Tom Schedler:

  • Louisiana Assessors' Association (dual endorsement with Jim Tucker.)[14]

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