October 20th, 2007
08:07 AM ET
15 years ago

A rare second chance

Bobby Jindal and his wife Supriya campaign after casting their votes in Louisiana's governor's race.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Second chances don’t come around that often in life. But Bobby Jindal’s getting one Saturday.

Jindal’s a Republican congressman from Louisiana. Four years ago he lost an extremely close governor’s race to Democrat Kathleen Blanco.

On Saturday, however, the three term congressman is expected come out on top in Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary election.

Blanco’s not running for re-election. Her political fortunes were greatly damaged by both the state and federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Blanco announced earlier this year that she was dropping out.

Jindal, the Oxford-educated son of Indian immigrants, is far ahead of his eleven rival candidates, and the only question is whether he’ll win 50 percent of the vote and avoid a runoff election.

Louisiana does things a bit differently when it comes to holding elections. Candidates of all parties compete in an October primary, and if no one wins 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates face off in a November runoff.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Bobby Jindal
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. james,littleton,arkasa

    WoW, an Indian republican? Good choice!

    October 20, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Jindal was one of only four Members of Congress who didn't vote on the SCHIP veto override. Why not if he cares about kids like the one he's holding?

    October 20, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Daniel

    Jindal might be sure to pick up LA, but the state is only the second most vulnerable governship in Campaign Diaries's latest Governor Rankings! Check them out.

    October 20, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Blanco should have been gone in the wake of Katrina and all the other Louisiana officials should have been right along with her. There was not chain of command represented in Louisiana in the wake of Katrina and the blame should never have fallen on Washington. Fema was used as a scapegoat.

    October 20, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm just guessing....but I think Ethan is Laurindas son....what a baffling rant....every decision can can second guessed in hindsight...did anyone believe we could of been attacked....and both towers knocked down? (clear answer is no) – steer clear of the rhetoric...and just talk about the candidates...(and the fact that Giuliani winning in 08 will drive you even more insane)

    October 21, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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