Magazine article Politics Magazine

Louisiana

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Louisiana

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WHAT A MONTH! Bobby Jindal will be sworn in Jan. 14 as the state's first non-white governor since Reconstruction. And then all eyes will be on the special election to fill Jindal's old seat in the 1st Congressional District. However, unlike the governor's race, this contest has no clear favorite.

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Party primaries will be held on March 8, followed by party runoffs on April 5 and the general election on May 3. For the first time in 30 years, the party primaries in the congressional race will be closed, although the state Democratic Party will allow independents to vote in its primary. (The Louisiana Legislature voted to abolish the open primary for federal elections in 2006, after years of complaints from Republicans and Democrats alike that the so-called "jungle" primary hurt both parties' viability.)

The 1st District is the state's most conservative, and is likely to remain in GOP hands. The Republican candidate field is large and includes several big names, among them former Gov. …

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