- - Sunday, October 23, 2011

LOUISIANA

Gov. Jindal wins re-election easily

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election after failing to attract any well-known or deep-pocketed opposition.

The 40-year-old Republican overwhelmed nine competitors in the open primary, in which a candidate wins the race outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Jindal had received about 66 percent of the total vote.

His closest competitor, Tara Hollis, a Democrat from north Louisiana, garnered nearly 18 percent of the total vote. All of the other candidates were in single digits.

“I will use every day, every hour of these next four years to make Louisiana the very best that we can be. I don’t believe in resting on our past accomplishments. I don’t believe in taking time off,” Mr. Jindal said in a packed hotel ballroom of supporters in Baton Rouge.

Mr. Jindal piled up $15 million in campaign cash from across the nation and attracted no Democratic challengers with statewide name recognition or fundraising heft. He has had consistently high approval ratings since taking office in 2008.

CAMPAIGN

Bachmann brushes off notion of giving up

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is brushing off the idea that her campaign is all but giving up on winning the New Hampshire primary.

The Associated Press reported last week that an exodus in New Hampshire cost Mrs. Bachmann her staff in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

The Minnesota congresswoman told “Fox News Sunday” that she’s replacing the New Hampshire staff and is focused on Iowa because its caucuses are scheduled Jan. 3, before the New Hampshire primary.

Mrs. Bachmann has spent little time campaigning in New Hampshire, where her message as a social conservative has less appeal than in Iowa or in South Carolina, another state with an early primary.

ARIZONA

Giffords in North Carolina for intensive therapy

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