Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2011

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The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 2011 was decided on October 22, 2011 in the primary election. Incumbent Republican Bobby Jindal 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 governor did not appear on the ballot. Polling hours on all election days are from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, local time.

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. Jindal's former Lieutenant Governor, Scott Angelle, was nominated and then confirmed by the Louisiana State Senate to replace Mitch Landrieu after the latter was elected the Mayor of New Orleans. Angelle's tenure as Lieutenant Governor was brief - in the 2010 midterms, Republican Jay Dardenne won the special election, and was elected to a full term in the lieutenant governor primary race on October 22, 2011.

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1 Key dates
2 Race background
3 Race tracking

Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines are at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
Sept. 8 Declaration of candidacy
Sept. 21 Voter registration for the primary election
Oct. 8 - 15 Early voting period for the primary
Oct. 18 Absentee ballot request for the primary
Oct. 19 Voter registration for the general election
Oct. 21 Absentee ballot receipt by registrar for the primary
Oct. 22 Primary election
Nov. 5 - 12 Early voting period for the general election
Nov. 15 Absentee ballot request for the general election
Nov. 18 Absentee ballot receipt by registrar
Nov. 19 General election

Race background

America's youngest governor and one of her most popular, Bobby Jindal was touted as Presidential material almost as soon as he won his first term. In October of 2008, though, he flatly denied a 2012 run. This is not to say he has ruled out future elections and many analysts continue to see him as a future Presidential candidate. He waited significantly longer, until August of 2010, to formalize his re-election bid as Louisiana's chief executive. Jindal began the race with $7 million in the bank.

His bank balance and his high profile have made it a challenge for the Democrats to bring forward a challenger. Many prominent blue names in the Pelican State have already declined to run.

Race tracking

See also: Ballotpedia Election Racetracking
2011 Race Rankings for Governor of Louisiana
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report Safe Republican
Governing Politics Safe Republican
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball Safe Republican
The Rothenberg Political Report Safe Republican
Overall Call Safe Republican

In state races, Louisiana uses an open primary system often referred to as a "jungle primary." All candidates, regardless of political affiliation, run in one primary where voters are not bound to vote for a candidate from their own party.

Ordinarily, the top two vote-earners, who may be from the same party, will advance to a run-off. However, if one candidate wins a plurality, he or she is considered to have won the election.


Governor of Louisiana, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Jindal Incumbent 65.8% 673,239
     Democratic Tara Hollis 17.9% 182,925
     Democratic Cary Deaton 4.9% 50,071
     Democratic Trey Roberts 3.3% 33,280
     Independent David Blanchard 2.6% 26,705
     Democratic Niki Bird Papazoglakis 2.1% 21,885
     Libertarian Scott Lewis 1.2% 12,528
     Independent Robert Lang, Jr. 0.9% 9,109
     Independent Ron Caesar 0.8% 8,179
     Independent Leonard Bollingham 0.5% 5,242
Total Votes 1,023,163






Former candidates

  • Dan Northcutt, a self-identified "conservative independent," initially declared his intention to run but withdrew from the race in June 2011.[3]


While no strong candidates have emerged to challenge Jindal, early polling indicates that there are almost as many Louisiana voters that would "definitely re-elect" him as there are people who would "definitely vote for someone else."

Date of Poll Pollster Re-elect Jindal Consider another candidate Choose another candidate Don't know Number polled
April 19-23 Southern Media and Opinion Research 35.6% 28.6% 32.3% 3.5% 600

A new poll commissioned by WWL-TV and conducted by the Clarus Research Group gave Jindal a 52 point lead over the next closest candidate.

Date of Poll Pollster Bobby Jindal (R) Tara Hollis (D) David Blanchard (I) Cary Deaton (D) Scott Lewis (L) Trey Roberts (D) Robert Lang, Jr. (I) Niki Bird Papazoglakis (D) Lenny Bollingham (I) Ron Caesar (I) Undecided Number polled
October 5-7 WWL-TV 57% 5% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 0% 0% 29% 602

The Louisiana Board of Ethics Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure administers laws regulating election financing and reporting. It is also the repository for all reports that candidates and committees are required to file.

Due dates for reports

Filing deadlines for the 2011 primary cycle are as follows:

  • 180th day prior to primary (180-P), due April 25, 2011
  • 90th day prior to primary (90-P), due July 25, 2011
  • 30th day prior to primary (30-P), due September 22, 2011
  • 10th day prior to primary (10-P), due October 12, 2011
  • Election Day Expenditures, due November 1, 2011
  • 10th day prior to general (10-G), due November 9, 2011

Filing deadlines for the 2011 general cycle are as follows:

  • Election Day Expenditures, due November 29, 2011
  • 40th day after general (40-G), due December 29, 2011
  • Supplemental & Annual, due February 15, 2012
  • The detailed schedule is available from the Louisiana Ethics Administration's website.
  • 'Donations exceeding $1,000 that are made within 20 days of an election must be individually reported within 48 hours of receipt, using the "48 Hour Report" form.



Bobby Jindal Campaign Finance Reports[4]
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
180 Day Pre-Primary April 25, 2011 $9,162,051.49 $1,700,872.59 $ 22,237.93 $(1,329,024.86) $9,547,157.62
30 Day Pre-Primary September 16, 2011 $8,817,301.71 $ 419,075.30 $ 25,104.98 $(1,498,583.18) $7,740,917.24


Tara Hollis Campaign Finance Reports[5]
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
30 Day Pre-Primary September 22, 2011 $ 0.00 $ 8,940.00 $18,935.08 $(8,594.11) $ 3,658.80

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