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In the next races on the ballot, Mr. Dardenne and Mr. Schedler, both former state senators, will keep jobs they’ve held for less than a year. Mr. Dardenne was elected lieutenant governor in a special election in 2010, and Mr. Schedler, who had been Mr. Dardenne’s chief assistant in the secretary of state’s office, moved up into the top job.
Mr. Nungesser, of Port Sulphur, claimed Mr. Dardenne exaggerated the cuts he’s made since becoming lieutenant governor 11 months ago, criticized Mr. Dardenne as a career politician and said his claims of fiscal conservatism were belied by a series of taxes supported by Mr. Dardenne when he was a state senator.
Mr. Dardenne, from Baton Rouge, criticized Mr. Nungesser for a tax lien against his business, a federal investigation of contracts Mr. Nungesser approved after he took office and his donations to Democratic candidates.
The two candidates had different views of the office. Mr. Nungesser, best known for his vocal criticism of the federal response to the massive Gulf Coast oil spill, said the office should expand beyond its tourism focus and involve economic development and coastal restoration. Mr. Dardenne disagreed, saying marketing the state and boosting the multibillion dollar tourism industry is a full-time job.
The lieutenant governor’s office attracted more attention this election cycle with concerns that Mr. Jindal might not stick around to serve his full second term because of his national political ambitions.
Mr. Nungesser plowed at least $1.3 million of his own cash into his campaign.
In the secretary of state’s race, Mr. Schedler ran on his four years of experience working in management of the office, saying he’s shown strong leadership as Louisiana’s top elections official.
Mr. Tucker, who was term-limited from running again for his House seat, said the secretary of state’s office should do more to encourage voter participation, to work with the state’s economic development department to foster small business creation and to oversee small museums around Louisiana.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, who switched to the GOP last year, and Republican Treasurer John Kennedy faced no challengers and will begin new terms in January. Mr. Kennedy, who will enter his fourth term in office, is Louisiana’s longest-serving statewide elected official.
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