Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal easily won reelection Saturday, amassing a sufficient majority to secure a second term without a runoff and solidifying his status as a rising star within the national Republican party
The Associated Press declared Jindal the victor an hour after Lousiana polls closed. With about half of the precincts reporting, he was cruising to victory with more than 67 percent of the vote. His next nearest opponent in the 10-person field of gubernatorial candidates, schoolteacher Tara Hollis, a Democrat, had 17 percent.
The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal, 40, represents the new face of the GOP. Last year, there was considerable speculation that he might enter the 2012 race for president, but Jindal opted to endorse his neighboring governor, Rick Perry of Texas, instead.
He amassed a huge campaign war chest,entering the final weeks of the race with more than $6 million in the bank.
On the campaign trail, Jindal touted a series of policy victories, from ethics reforms to the state's improving economic status. The statewide unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent at the end of September, well below the national average.
Jindal's huge margin of victory did not come as a surprise, but it emphasizes his vote-getting prowess as the chief executive of a state that Democrats once dominated.