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10.21.2007

bobby jindal elected governor of louisiana

Bobby Jindal is the new governor of Louisiana. Yesterday, the Republican congressman easily defeated 11 opponents and became the state's first nonwhite governor since Reconstruction—and the very first Indian American governor in the United States: Indian immigrants' son new La. governor. The son of immigrants from India, he'll also be the nation's youngest governor, at age 36. He had 53 percent with 625,036 votes, which was more than enough to win the election outright and avoid a runoff.

I'm not much of a fan of this guy. While it's good to see some color up in that office... the guy's conservative politics couldn't be more divergent from mine. Still, good luck to him, considering all of the crazy hurdles and challenges that he now faces leading the nation's poorest, most uneducated and most unhealthy state, by a number of important measures. He's got his job cut out for him. More here: Indian-American Elected Louisiana's Governor