Qualifying Day 1: Thrilling gubernatorial race officially underway!



Gov. "Bobby" Jindal (all bizarre and superfluous quotation marks [though as a commenter rightly pointed out, Jindal's given first name is of course Piyush, but most of the rest do seem sort of strange to me] appear as they do on the Louisiana Secretary of State site's candidate inquiry page) was among the first qualifiers for seven statewide elected offices this morning. Today is the first of three qualifying days for the October 22 election, and as of this writing (a bit before 2 p.m.), the gubernatorial ballot looks just as exciting as it was predicted to be.

Expected Democratic distant-second Tara Hollis has not yet filed her qualifying papers. So thus far, Jindal's only official challengers are "Ron" Ceasar, who orchestrated a truly spectacular failure of a Jindal recall effort earlier this year, and William Robert "Bob" Lang Jr., who was just as successful in his 2010 bid for David Vitter's Senate seat (image taken from LA SOS):


End of day update (5:24 p.m.): Leonard Bollingham of Baton Rouge has also joined the race.

In other major statewide races, incumbent "Tom" Schedler will face off against current State House Speaker "Jim" Tucker for Secretary of State. In the lieutenant governor's race, incumbent "Jay" Dardenne will be challenged by Plaquemines Parish President Billy (not in quotes) Nungesser.

So far, no one has filed papers to run against incumbents James D. "Buddy" Caldwell and John Neely Kennedy for state attorney general and treasurer, respectively.

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