Jindal says he's 'taking nothing for granted' as election nears
Gov. Bobby Jindal appears to be headed toward an overwhelming re-election to a second term Saturday after piling up millions in campaign donations from around the nation and attracting no Democratic challengers with statewide name recognition or fundraising heft. Jindal, however, says he's taking his slate of competitors seriously, although he hasn't debated them and offers little acknowledgment of their individual candidacies. "We're taking nothing for granted. I'm going to work hard for every single vote," the governor says. "If we get 50% plus one, we'll be thrilled to be able to serve the people for another four years as their governor." The governor's supporters link the easy re-election bid to Jindal's strong performance since he took office in 2008; he's pushed to rewrite ethics laws, supported business and income tax cuts, and reduced the number of state employees to its lowest level in decades. Others attribute Jindal's lack of tough opposition to the disarray of the Louisiana Democratic Party, a decline in Democratic power in the state and a largely scandal-free Jindal tenure in a state where several former statewide elected officials have served jail time. Other candidates for governor include: Ron Ceasar, an independent from Opelousas, who made a failed attempt to recall Jindal earlier this year; Androniki "Niki Bird" Papazoglakis, a Democrat who is the policy director of a nonprofit organization advocating for domestic violence victims; Trey Roberts, a history teacher who calls himself a "conservative tea party Democrat"; and Cary Deaton, a Democrat making his fourth bid for elected office after unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and attorney general.
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