Ten candidates in race for Louisiana governor
September 9, 2011
Baton Rouge, LA:The qualification period for Louisiana's 2011 statewide elections ended yesterday. Candidates had until 5:00 pm to formally enter the races for governor and lieutenant governor. Louisiana elects the governor and the lieutenant governor on a shared ticket in the general election only; the two offices have separate primary campaigns and elections.
The primary election is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2011. Primaries in Louisiana are not partisan for statewide offices - all candidate run on one ballot. If one candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, he or she will be considered the winner and that office did not appear on the ballot of the general election, held on November 19, 2011.
Here is a rundown of the candidates vying for the state's top two executive positions:
Incumbent Governor Bobby Jindal leads a large pack of gubernatorial hopefuls. The only Republican in the race, he will face 4 Democratic challengers, 1 Libertarian candidate, and 4 independent challengers:
There were fewer surprises in the race for lieutenant governor. Incumbent Republican Jay Dardenne will face a lone challenger, Republican Billy Nungesser, the current President of Plaquemines Parish.
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