The Green Papers: Louisiana 2007 Off Year Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2007. Find 2008 elections here.
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Saturday 20 October 2007
General Election: Attorney General and Agriculture: Saturday 17 November 2007
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 20 October 2007 polling hours 6:00a CDT (1100 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC).
Saturday 17 November 2007 polling hours 6:00a CST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p CST (0200 UTC).
 

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Louisiana State and Local Government


Congressional Candidates

  • Congressional candidates run in a First Party Primary on the first Saturday in September with each recognized party running 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.
  • At 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) run in the November General Election where the candidate receiving the most votes is elected.

Statewide Candidates

  • LOUISIANA is holding a so-called ""open" (that is, a non-partisan) Primary on 20 October 2007. Should a candidate receive a majority (more than 50% of the vote), that candidate is elected. Otherwide, the two top vote-getters (irrespective of Party affiliation) participate in a 17 November Runoff where the candidate receiving the most votes is elected.

Saturday 20 October 2007

Louisiana Primaries for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, and Commissioner of Insurance. Should a candidate receive a majority (more than 50% of the vote), that candidate is elected. Otherwide, the two top vote-getters (irrespective of Party affiliation) participate in a 17 November Runoff where the candidate receiving the most votes is elected.

Governor: Congressman Bobby Jindal (Republican) has been elected

Lieutenant Governor: Mitch Landrieu (Democrat) re-elected

Secretary of State: Jay Dardenne (Republican) re-elected

Attorney General: will go to Runoff, Saturday 17 November 2007 between James D. "Buddy" Caldwell (Democrat) 35.60% and Royal Alexander (Republican) 32.45%. Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. (Democrat- INCUMBENT) 31.95% has lost his bid for re-election.

Treasurer: John Neely Kennedy (Republican) was uncontested and, therefore, has been re-elected

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner: would go to Runoff Saturday 17 November 2007 but Bob Odom 42% (Democrat- INCUMBENT) withdrew 25 October 2007 leaving Mike Strain 40% (Republican) unopposed in the runoff.

Commissioner of Insurance: Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon (Republican- INCUMBENT) re-elected

LOUISIANA Open Primary results
Returns from an official source
Results from a media source
Results from a media source

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th 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

Chair up for election
Open
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.
Open Chair - Governor Blanco announced that she would not seek re-election on 20 March 2007. However, on 26 April 2007, she may consider re-entering.
  Elected Republican 699,672 53.91% Congressman Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
Congressman CD 1.
    Democratic 226,364 17.44% state Senator Walter J. Boasso - lost primary
Elected to the State Senate as a Republican. Switched affiliation to the Democratic Party 26 April 2007.
    Other-party nominee; (Republican) 186,800 14.39% John Georges - lost primary
    Democratic 161,425 12.44% Public Service Commissioner Foster L. Campbell - lost primary
    Democratic 5,843 0.45% Mary Volentine Smith - lost primary
    Other-party nominee 4,782 0.37% Belinda Alexandrenko - lost primary
"Hope for America Party". Formerly of the Reform Party.
    Other-party nominee 3,369 0.26% Anthony "Tony G" Gentile - lost primary
    Libertarian 2,639 0.20% T. Lee Horne, III - lost primary
    No Party Affiliation 2,319 0.18% Sheldon Forest - lost primary
    Democratic 2,076 0.16% M. V. "Vinny" Mendoza - lost primary
    Democratic 1,661 0.13% Hardy Parkerson - lost primary
    Other-party nominee 993 0.08% Arthur D. "Jim" Nichols - lost primary
    No Party Affiliation     Vincent Mark Castillo - apparently not a candidate
19 September 2007: State District Judge Kay Bates ordered that having been convicted of a felony (two counts of attempted extortion) in Jefferson Parish, Vincent Mark Castillo of St. Rose is removed from the ballot. The Louisiana Constitution prohibits felons from seeking office.
Total 1,297,943 100.00%  

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

Seat up for election Democratic Lieutenant Governor "Mitch" Landrieu
• Re-elected Saturday 20 October 2007
First elected: 2003
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
  Elected Democratic 701,777 56.59% Lieutenant Governor "Mitch" Landrieu
    Republican 375,964 30.32% Sammy Kershaw - lost primary
    Republican 130,935 10.56% state Representative Gary J. Beard - lost primary
    No Party Affiliation 15,961 1.29% Norris "Spanky" Gros, Jr. - lost primary
    No Party Affiliation; (Democratic) 15,538 1.25% Thomas D. Kates - lost primary
Total 1,240,175 100.00%  

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (1 Open, 4 Undetermined);
2 Democratic (2 Undetermined)

CD 1
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Republican Congressman Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Ran for and won the gubernatorial election in 2007.

CD 2
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Democratic Congressman William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson
First elected: 1990
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
 
The FBI searched Congressman Jefferson's office on Saturday 20 May 2006 regarding a bribery investigation. On 4 June 2007, Congressman Jefferson was indicted on federal charges (16 counts) of racketeering, soliciting bribes, and money-laundering. The Indictment.


CD 3
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Democratic Congressman "Charlie" Melancon, Jr.
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

CD 4
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Republican Congressman James Otis "Jim" McCrery, III
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 4 November 2008

CD 5
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Republican Congressman Rodney Alexander
First elected: 2002 as a Democrat. Switched to Republican August 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

CD 6
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Republican Congressman Richard Hugh Baker
First elected: 1986
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

CD 7
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Republican Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

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

Seat up for election Republican Secretary of State "Jay" Dardenne
• Re-elected Saturday 20 October 2007
First elected: 2006 in a special election.
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
  Elected Republican 758,156 63.35% Secretary of State "Jay" Dardenne
    Democratic 373,956 31.25% Rick Wooley - lost primary
    Other-party nominee 64,704 5.41% Scott Lewis - lost primary
Total 1,196,816 100.00%  

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

Seat up for election
Lost
Democratic Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr.
First elected: 2003
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
Lost Primary / No Longer Running
  Elected Democratic 477,574 66.60% James D. "Buddy" Caldwell
Received 35.60% of the 20 October open primary vote. Proceeds to the 17 November 2007 runoff.
  Candidate Republican 239,485 33.40% Royal Alexander
Received 32.45% of the 20 October open primary vote. Proceeds to the 17 November 2007 runoff.
    Democratic     Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. - lost primary
Received 31.95% of the 20 October open primary vote.
Total 717,059 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2003, 2007

Seat up for election Republican Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
• Re-elected Saturday 20 October 2007
First elected as a Democrat: 1999; re-elected: 2003; switched affiliation to Republican 27 August 2007
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
  Elected Republican     Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
Uncontested.

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

Seat up for election
Open
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
Open Seat - Withdrew from the runoff election 25 October 2007
    Democratic 505,504 41.35% Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner "Bob" Odom - apparently not a candidate
Received 41% of the 20 October open primary vote. Would proceed to the 17 November 2007 runoff but withdrew 25 October 2007
  Elected Republican 494,760 40.47% state Representative Mike Strain
Received 40% of the 20 October open primary vote. Proceeds to the 17 November 2007 runoff. Running unopposed after Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner "Bob" Odom withdrew.
    Republican 152,893 12.51% Wayne "Spider" Carter - lost primary
Received 13% of the 20 October 2007 open primary vote.
    Republican 69,470 5.68% Don Johnson - lost primary
Received 6% of the 20 October 2007 open primary vote.
Total 1,222,627 100.00%  

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

Seat up for election Republican Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon
• Re-elected Saturday 20 October 2007
Appointed: 16 February 2006; first elected in Special Election 30 September 2006
Seat up for election: Saturday 20 October 2007
  Elected Republican 606,534 50.90% Insurance Commissioner James J. "Jim" Donelon
    Democratic 423,722 35.56% James "Jim" Crowley - lost primary
    Republican 105,981 8.89% Robert Lansden - lost primary
    Republican 55,400 4.65% Jerilyn Schneider-Kneale - lost primary
    Democratic     M. V. "Vinny" Mendoza - apparently not a candidate
Mendoza signed up to run for Governor after signing up for Commissioner of Insurance. State law prohibits candidates from seeking multiple offices. Should a candidate sign up for more than one office, he or she is entered into the last contest for which he or she enlisted.
Total 1,191,637 100.00%  

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): 7 incumbents, 2 candidates
  Republican: 9 incumbents, 6 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Libertarian
Independents
  No Party Affiliation
  Other-party nominee
 
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 the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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  U.S. Senate Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Gubernatorial Popular Vote by Party  
  U.S. House Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Close Contests Summary - Decision by 2% or less  
  Contests Where No Candidate Received a Majority  
 
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  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with no incumbent running for them  
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  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with only one major party candidate running for office  
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  2007 Partisan Composition by State  
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  Political Parties  
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  Senate Electoral Classes  
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