Louisiana state elections, 2011

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Louisiana's 2011 state elections were held on October 22, 2011, with runoff elections held on November 19. All statewide elected offices were up, as well as all seats in the Louisiana State Legislature.

Statewide offices[1][edit]


Incumbent Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, ran for a second term, and faced only token opposition. He was expected to win by a wide margin, and ended up winning with nearly 66% of the vote.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne was elected in a 2010 special election, and was elected to a full term. His opponent was Republican Billy Nungesser Jr., the Plaquemines Parish president.[2]


Unofficial results from the Secretary of State website.[3]

2011 Louisiana Lieutenant Governor election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jay Dardenne (incumbent) 504,228 53.1
Republican Billy Nungesser Jr. 444,750 46.9
Turnout 948,978

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell was elected as a Democrat in 2007, but switched parties in early 2011. Former Congressman Joseph Cao, also a Republican, filed to run against Caldwell, but dropped out of the race shortly after,[4] leaving Caldwell unopposed.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry[edit]

Incumbent Commissioner Michael G. Strain, a Republican, was first elected in 2007. He faced Democrat Jamie LaBranche, an arborist and horticulturist, and Reform Party candidate Belinda "B" Alexandrenko, a three-time gubernatorial candidate. He was re-elected with 66.5% of the vote.


Unofficial results from the Secretary of State website.[5]

2011 Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Strain (incumbent) 640,631 66.5
Democratic Jamie LaBranche 267,576 27.8
Reform Belinda Alexandrenko 54,842 5.7
Turnout 963,049

Commissioner of Insurance[edit]

Incumbent Commissioner Jim Donelon, a Republican, was first elected in a 2006 special election. His opponent was Democrat Donald C. Hodge, an attorney, who he defeated by a 2 to 1 margin.


Unofficial results from the Secretary of State website.[6]

2011 Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jim Donelon (incumbent) 651,285 67.5
Democratic Donald C. Hodge 313,931 32.5
Turnout 965,216

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Republican, was appointed to the position following Jay Dardenne's election as Lieutenant Governor. He faced Louisiana House of Representatives Speaker Jim Tucker, also a Republican, who he narrowly defeated.


Unofficial results from the Secretary of State website.[7]

2011 Louisiana Secretary of State election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Schedler (incumbent) 449,370 50.5
Republican Jim Tucker 440,872 49.5
Turnout 890,242

State Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Republican, was first elected in 1999. He was unopposed.

State Legislature[edit]

Louisiana Senate[edit]

Prior to the election, Republicans held 22 seats in the Louisiana Senate, while Democrats held 17. In the jungle primary, the Republicans gained a net of two Senate seats, giving them 24 seats to the Democrats' 15 seats. All four runoffs were intraparty runoffs.

Louisiana House of Representatives[edit]

Prior to the election, the Louisiana House of Representatives consisted of 57 Republicans, 46 Democrats, 2 Independents, and one vacancy. After the jungle primary the House makeup stood at 54 Republicans, 40 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 10 to be determined in runoff elections. In the runoffs not featuring two candidates of the same party, 5 Democrats, 4 Republicans and one Independent candidate were elected, so after the runoff elections the House makeup stood at 58 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 Independents.