You may not have heard about it, but last Saturday there was a significant election result. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, was reelected with a huge majority.
Louisiana has an unusual system. There is an open primary, and if no candidate gets a majority of the votes, a run-off election is held. Jindal was one of ten contestants, and he won 66 percent of the vote — with his closest competitor garnering 18 percent of the vote. Jindal, who is only 40, has been consistently popular since he was first elected, and as the article linked above notes, no well-funded Democrat wanted to challenge him. Those election results are even more impressive when you consider that Louisiana has historically been a Democratic stronghold.
What has Jindal done that has made him so popular? It looks like he has just kept his promises and worked hard at his job. He has cut spending, cut taxes, and secured enactment of targeted tax credits in high-growth industries. He fought for the state when the Gulf oil spill occurred, and he is credited with helping to turn around New Orleans schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His tenure has seen an influx of people into Louisiana and a recognition that the state is a good place to do business.
It all seems so simple.