The Green Papers: Louisiana 2006 Midterm Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Open Primary (Special Election) Secretary of State and Commissioner of Insurance: Saturday 30 September 2006
General Election (Open Primary: Congress/Runoff: SoS): Tuesday 7 November 2006
Congressional Run-Off/Tie House CD 2: Saturday 9 December 2006
Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
2000 Census:4,480,271 (1.59% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):3,255,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):2,730,380
Capital:Baton Rouge
Saturday 30 September 2006 polling hours 6:00a CDT (1100 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC).
Tuesday 7 November 2006 polling hours 6:00a CST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p CST (0200 UTC).
Saturday 9 December 2006 polling hours 6:00a CST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p CST (0200 UTC).
 

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Louisiana State and Local Government


Saturday 30 September 2006

Louisiana - Open Primary (Special Election)

Polling hours are 6:00a CDT (1100 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC).

for Secretary of State: Since no candidate received 50% of the vote in the Saturday 30 September 2006 primary, a 7 November runoff election will be held between the two highest vote getters: "Jay" Dardenne (29%) and Francis Heitmeier (27%).

for Commissioner of Insurance: Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon has been elected with 50% of the vote.

Results from a media source.
Returns from an official source.

A Special Election for these offices, an "Open Primary" will be held on the Legislature-determined date of Saturday 30 September 2006: if a candidate receives 50% or more of the vote for that office only, that candidate will be declared elected on 30 September: otherwise, there will be a runoff on Tuesday 7 November, the same date as the Federal "Open Primary".


LOUISIANA "OPEN" PRIMARY

Louisiana is unique among the States of the American Union because it holds a so-called "Open Primary" [this is the term used in the Louisiana Election Law- not to be confused with an "open"- as opposed to a "closed"- primary re: voter eligibility], in which all candidates for a given office run "all up", that is together- regardless of political party- on a single ballot and, therefore, on a theoretically non-partisan basis [though they are permitted to indicate their political party affiliation on the ballot, if they so desire]: where a candidate wins a majority of the votes in this "Open Primary", he or she is "declared elected"; if not, the top two vote-getters among all the candidates "run off" in a subsequent election

Louisiana inaugurated this "Open Primary" for its State Elections in 1975 and then first applied it to elections for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. As originally applied to these Federal offices, the "Open Primary" was held in mid-to- late September or (later) early October and any "runoff"- if necessary- was held on the same day as the General Election [the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November] throughout the USA; the Federal courts, however, have voided- at least insofar as the election of Federal officials is concerned- these earlier dates formerly used for this "Open Primary" as being in violation of Federal Law, which requires that all elective Federal officers- including the U.S. Senators and U.S. Congressmen from Louisiana- be elected, across the USA, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November [the potential for candidates being declared "elected" on an earlier date than this- in those cases where no runoff would be required- was held to be out of compliance with this Federal statute: this ruling, by the way, has no effect on the scheduling of the "Open Primary" as regards Louisiana's State and Local Elections].

As a result, Louisiana was- beginning with the 1998 Federal Elections- now required, by court order, to hold its "Open Primary" for Federal elective officers from the State on the same day as the General Election across the USA and, thus, any runoffs resulting therefrom must be held at a date subsequent to that of the November General Election (so far, on the Saturday 4 1/2 weeks after the Tuesday on which the November General Election is held).

In 2005, the Louisiana State Legislature changed the "Open Primary" schedule. This new legislation (which was intended to apply to Federal elections as well as State elections) scheduled a primary on Saturday 30 September 2006 with the General Election/Runoff coinciding with General Election Day throughout the USA on Tuesday 7 November 2006 (essentially, the State was attempting to revive the schedule it had been forced by court order to abandon after the 1996 Federal Elections). On 23 January 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Frank Polozola ruled that Louisiana cannot hold its "Open Primary" for Federal office on 30 September 2006 for the same reasons as those which had led to the original Federal court decision.

Thus, the "Open Primary" for U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress is scheduled to be held on the court-ordered date of Tuesday 7 November 2006: if no candidate receives 50% of the vote, a runoff is to be held between the top two candidates on Saturday 9 December 2006. This latest Federal court ruling, however, does not at all affect State elections- therefore, in the Special Election for the office of Louisiana Secretary of State, the "Open Primary" will be held on the Legislature-determined date of Saturday 30 September 2006: if a candidate receives 50% or more of the vote for that office only, that candidate will be declared elected on 30 September: otherwise, there will be a runoff for Secretary of State on Tuesday 7 November, the same date as the Federal "Open Primary".


SB 18 changes the Congressional candidate nomination process effective 1 January 2007. It passed the state House on 15 June 2006, the state Senate on 16 June 2006, and was signed by Governor Kathleen Blanco on 23 June 2006.

SB 18:

Partisan candidates run in a Congressional First Party Primary to be held the first Saturday in September. Each recognized party would run a slate of candidates. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, that candidate receives his or her party's nomination otherwise, the top two vote getters proceed to a Congressional Second Primary (a runoff) held the first Saturday in October.

Each party's discretion, voter eligibility in this partisan primary would be either closed (party members only) or modified open (party members and independents). As of June 2006, the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, and Reform parties are recogized.

Each party's nominee along with independent candidates (qualified by petition) would run in the November General Election. The candidate receiving the most votes is elected.

Text of SB 18 for the Lousiana Legislature

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 109th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Democratic Senator Mary L. Landrieu
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

Class 3 Republican Senator David Vitter
First elected: 2004.
(also served in U.S. House- first elected in a special election [to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Bob Livingston]: 1999; re-elected: 2000, 2002.)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
First elected: 2003
Chair up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007. Elected separately from Governor

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor "Mitch" Landrieu
First elected: 2003
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
Candidate for New Orleans Mayor in 2006.

109th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 109th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 On Ballot);
2 Democratic (2 On Ballot)

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot
 Polls: Republican Congressman Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
  Elected Republican 130,277 88.12% Congressman Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
FEC: $2,976,542
  Candidate Democratic 10,888 7.36% David Dennis Gereighty
FEC: $56,383
  Candidate Democratic 5,004 3.38% Stacey Tallitsch
FEC: $36,699
  Candidate Libertarian 1,670 1.13% Peter Justin Beary
FEC: $5,800
Total 147,839 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 1990
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot - Runoff election Saturday 9 December 2006
 Polls: WATCH - Democratic Congressman William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson or Democratic Karen R. Carter
  Elected Democratic 35,153 56.55% Congressman William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson
Received 30.0% of the vote in the 7 November primary. Proceeds to a 9 December 2006 runoff.

FEC: $1,276,092
  Candidate Democratic 27,011 43.45% state Representative Karen R. Carter
Received 21.6% of the vote in the 7 November primary. Proceeds to a 9 December 2006 runoff.

FEC: $1,290,191
    Democratic     Scott Barron - lost primary
Received 0.66% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC finanical report not available
    Democratic     Regina Bartholomew - lost primary
Received 1.18% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC: $45,875
    Republican     Eric T. Bradley - lost primary
Received 1.24% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC finanical report not available
    Democratic     Troy "C" Carter - lost primary
Party endorsed candidate. Received 11.96% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC: $178,072
    Democratic     Deven "D. C." Collins - lost primary
Received 0.13% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC finanical report not available
    Democratic     John Bervick Edwards, Jr. - lost primary
Received 0.71% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC: $9,465
    Libertarian     Gregory W. "Rhumbline" Kahn - lost primary
Received 0.43% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC finanical report not available
    Republican     Joseph Francis "Joe" Lavigne - lost primary
Received 13.42% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC: $317,750
    Democratic     M. V. "Vinny" Mendoza - lost primary
Received 0.43% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC: $23,200
    Democratic     state Senator Derrick Shepherd - lost primary
Received 17.98% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC: $511,527
    Republican     Lawrence William "Lance" von Uhde, III - lost primary
Received 0.27% of the vote in the 7 November primary.

FEC finanical report not available
Total 62,164 100.00%  
 
The FBI searched Congressman Jefferson's office on Saturday 20 May 2006 regarding a bribery investigation.

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman "Charlie" Melancon, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Congressman "Charlie" Melancon, Jr.
  Elected Democratic 74,869 55.01% Congressman "Charlie" Melancon, Jr.
FEC: $2,691,846
  Candidate Republican 54,868 40.32% Craig F. Romero
FEC: $1,925,381
  Candidate Democratic 4,189 3.08% Olangee "OJ" Breech
FEC: $11,635
  Candidate Libertarian 2,164 1.59% James Lee Blake, Jr.
FEC finanical report not available
Total 136,090 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman James Otis "Jim" McCrery, III
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 16 April 1988, in Special Election re: resignation of Congressman Buddy Roemer, 14 March 1988, having been elected Governor.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot
 Polls: Republican Congressman James Otis "Jim" McCrery, III
  Elected Republican 76,976 57.42% Congressman James Otis "Jim" McCrery, III
FEC: $2,606,023
  Candidate Democratic 22,702 16.93% Artis R. Cash, Sr.
FEC: $7,618
  Candidate Democratic 17,750 13.24% Patti Cox
FEC finanical report not available
  Candidate Republican 16,637 12.41% Chester T. Kelley
FEC: $87,875
Total 134,065 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Rodney Alexander
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 2002 as a Democrat. Switched to Republican August 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot
 Polls: Republican Congressman Rodney Alexander
  Elected Republican 78,835 68.28% Congressman Rodney Alexander
FEC: $1,311,468
  Candidate Democratic 33,466 28.99% Gloria Williams Hearn
FEC: $157,421
  Candidate Libertarian 1,887 1.63% Brent Sanders
FEC finanical report not available
  Candidate Other-party nominee 1,266 1.10% John Watts
FEC finanical report not available
Total 115,454 100.00%  

CD 6
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Richard Hugh Baker
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 1986
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot
 Polls: Republican Congressman Richard Hugh Baker
  Elected Republican 94,640 82.81% Congressman Richard Hugh Baker
FEC: $1,408,132
  Candidate Libertarian 19,644 17.19% Richard M. Fontanesi
FEC finanical report not available
Total 114,284 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 7 November 2006
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
On Ballot
 Polls: Republican Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
  Elected Republican 113,486 70.71% Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
FEC: $1,740,419
  Candidate Democratic 47,007 29.29% Michael W. "Mike" Stagg
FEC: $63,876
Total 160,493 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Acting Secretary of State Al Ater
Appointed July 2005, became acting Secretary of State upon the death of Secretary of State Fox McKeithen
Seat up for election: Saturday 30 September 2006
Open Seat - Not a candidate for election.
  Elected Republican 191,562 29.75% "Jay" Dardenne
Received 29% of the vote in the Saturday 30 September 2006 primary. Proceeds to a 7 November 2006 runoff election however since Mr. Heitmeier withdrew from the runoff was cancelled.
  Candidate Democratic 179,153 27.82% State Senator Francis C. Heitmeier
Received 27% of the vote in the Saturday 30 September 2006 primary. Proceeds to a 7 November 2006 runoff election. Mr. Heitmeier withdrew from the runoff on Tuesday 10 October 2006 citing poor prospects of raising money and problems getting his voters to the polls in post-Katrina Louisiana.
    Republican 168,185 26.12% "Mike" Francis - lost primary
    Republican 56,225 8.73% Mary Chehardy - lost primary
    No Party Affiliation 24,248 3.77% James "Jim" Crowley, III - lost primary
    Republican 12,832 1.99% Allen "Al" Leone - lost primary
    Libertarian 11,722 1.82% Rayburn Clipper - lost primary
Total 643,927 100.00%  
  
A Special Election for the office of Louisiana Secretary of State, the "Open Primary" will be held on the Legislature-determined date of Saturday 30 September 2006: if a candidate receives 50% or more of the vote for that office only, that candidate will be declared elected on 30 September: otherwise, there will be a runoff on Tuesday 7 November, the same date as the Federal "Open Primary".

No runoff election was held since one of the runoff candidate's withdrew. Vote totals are from the 30 September 2006 primary.


Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007

  Democratic Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr.
First elected: 2003
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007

  Democratic Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
First elected: 1999; re-elected: 2003
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
  Candidate Democratic     Treasurer John Neely Kennedy

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007

  Democratic Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner "Bob" Odom
First elected: 1980 (as Commissioner of Agriculture); re-elected: 1984, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
  Candidate Democratic     Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner "Bob" Odom

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007

Seat up for election Democratic Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon
Appointed: 16 February 2006; first elected in Special Election 30 September 2006
Seat up for election: Saturday 30 September 2006
  Elected Republican 283,366 50.08% James J. "Jim" Donelon
  Candidate Republican 222,417 39.30% James David Cain
  Candidate Libertarian 60,094 10.62% S. B. A. Zaitoon
Total 565,877 100.00%  
  

Jim Donelon became Louisiana's Commissioner of Insurance 16 February 2006 following the retirement of Insurance Commissioner James R. "Robert" Wooley. Commissioner Wooley who was first elected in 2003 (but was acting Insurance Commissioner from 2000). Mr. Donelon previously served as the Department's Executive Counsel and Chief Deputy Commissioner.

A Special Election for the office of Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, the "Open Primary" will be held on the Legislature-determined date of Saturday 30 September 2006: if a candidate receives 50% or more of the vote for that office only, that candidate will be declared elected on 30 September: otherwise, there will be a runoff on Tuesday 7 November, the same date as the Federal "Open Primary".


Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 10 incumbents, 13 candidates
  Republican: 6 incumbents, 10 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Libertarian: 5 candidates
Independents
  No Party Affiliation
  Other-party nominee: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that this candidate is actually on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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