Jenkins to Square Off With Cazayoux on May 3

Posted April 5, 2008 at 10:41pm

Saturday’s special primary runoff races in Louisiana didn’t offer any big surprises.

After an expectedly low turnout, the three runoff races that were decided on Saturday ended in victories for the frontrunners and set up a competitive special general election in the 6th district and what should be an easy Republican win in the 1st district.

The special general elections are scheduled to take place on May 3.

In the Republican runoff in the Baton Rouge-based 6th district, former state Rep. Woody Jenkins easily beat businesswoman Laurinda Calongne after he came within fewer than 100 votes of avoiding a runoff altogether in last month’s primary. Jenkins led Calongne, 62 to 38, with 100 percent of the votes reporting, according to unofficial results posted by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, state Rep. Don Cazayoux cruised to victory over state Rep. Michael Jackson. Cazayoux was leading by 14 points with 100 percent reporting, according to unofficial results.

The Cazayoux-versus-Jenkins race will be closely watched by both parties as Democrats attempt to steal what was once thought to be a fairly safe GOP seat that former Rep. Richard Baker (R) held for 11 terms.

In the 1st district seat that was previously held by now-Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), state Sen. Steve Scalise defeated state Rep. Tim Burns by 16 points in the Republican runoff on Saturday.

Scalise will now face college professor Gilda Reed (D) – who secured the Democratic nomination last month – in the May special general, but he is not expected to have too much difficulty in this solidly Republican district.