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Louisiana's 1st congressional district special election, 2008

Voters in Louisiana's 1st congressional district voting in a special election on May 3, 2008, elected Steve Scalise as a new member of the United States House of Representatives, replacing Representative Bobby Jindal who resigned on January 14, 2008, to become Governor of Louisiana.

This election and Louisiana's 6th congressional district special election were the first Louisiana congressional elections not based on Louisiana's jungle primary since the 1970s.

Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Gilda Reed, psychologist and professor
  • Vinny Mendoza, United States Air Force veteran, unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2007

Results

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Gilda Reed 11,727 69.75%
Democratic M. V. "Vinny" Mendoza 5,086 30.25%
Totals 16,813 100.00%

Republican

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Scalise 16,799 48.34%
Republican Tim Burns 9,631 27.72%
Republican Ben Morris 7,388 21.26%
Republican David Simpson 932 2.68%
Totals 34,750 100.00%
Republican primary runoff results[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Scalise 19,338 58.08%
Republican Tim Burns 13,958 41.92%
Totals 33,296 100.00%

Independent candidates

  • Anthony "Tony G" Gentile, oil refinery supervisor, unsuccessful independent gubernatorial candidate in 2007
  • R. A. "Skip" Galan

General election

Results

Louisiana's 1st congressional district special election, 2008[4]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Scalise 33,867 75.13%
Democratic Gilda Reed 10,142 22.50%
Independent R. A. Galan 786 1.74%
Independent Anthony Gentile 280 0.62%
Totals 45,075 100.00%
Republican hold

See also

References

External links

  • Steve Scalise campaign website
  • Tim Burns campaign website
  • Ben Morris campaign website
  • David Simpson campaign website
  • Gilda Reed campaign website
  • Vinny Mendoza campaign website
  • Tony Gentile campaign website
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