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 yesterdayâs 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 has cut taxes and supported outsourcing government services to private companies. Louisianaâs 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.