Election Day caps a busy primary season in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP/KPLC) - Polls across Louisiana close at 8pm Saturday as voters decide several statewide races and a slew of local races.   

KPLC will provide live election results at the bottom of the screen starting at 8pm.  Following the Notre Dame football game, we'll recap many of the races across Southwest Louisiana and statewide.

In the race for governor, Louisiana's incumbent governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, faces a field of nine competitors in Saturday's election, but they've had little money to mount the type of advertising campaign needed to oust the popular governor from a second term.

Five of Louisiana's seven statewide offices are on the ballot, with the most heavily contested races between Republicans vying to be lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has opposition from Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in a race that focused on bitter attacks. Secretary of State Tom Schedler is locked in a tight contest with House Speaker Jim Tucker.

In other statewide contests, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, both Republicans, are seeking re-election. They had opposition from candidates who had raised few dollars to campaign.

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