elected Louisiana's Governor
- First non-white governor since
post-Civil War Reconstruction and the first Indian-American
to govern a U.S. state.
- He is the first governor from Baton Rouge since
- The youngest governor in the nation.
Louisiana, Oct. 21, 2008
NRI Bobby Jindal, 36, the first nonwhite governor and the youngest
governor in the nation, defeated 11 opponents and became the state's
first Louisiana's governor.
Bobby Jindal took almost 700,000 votes, the highest ballot numbers
for a for a non-incumbent primary candidate in recent history
Jindal succeeds Democrat Kathleen Blanco, who chose not to run
for re-election to a second term after harsh criticism of her
response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He pledged to fight corruption
and rid the state of those "feeding at the public troug"
Jindal got 53% with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the
vote tallied. Democrat Walter Boasso with 208,690 votes or 18
percent; Independent John Georges had 167,477 votes or 14 percent;
Democrat Foster Campbell had 151,101 or 13 percent. Blanco opted
not to run for re-election after she was widely blamed for the
state's slow response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
The race was one of the highest-spending in Louisiana history.
Jindal alone raised $11 million, and Georges poured about $10
million of his personal wealth into his campaign war chest while
Boasso plugged in nearly $5 million of his own cash.
He was only the second NRI (non-resident Indian) to sit in Congress
after Dilip Singh Saund, who represented a California district
from 1957 to 1963.