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Black, White, Brown and Cajun: The Racial Dynamics of the 2003 Louisiana Gubernatorial Election
Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1026, March 2004
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The recent gubernatorial election in Louisiana suggests that racial issues remain salient in the Deep South. Pre-election polls showed Republican Bobby Jindal, an Indian-American supported by George W. Bush and Governor Mike Foster, with a comfortable lead. However, Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco may have benefited from white voters discomfort with supporting a brown-skinned Indian-American. Her performance, both absolutely and relative to normal Democratic showings, correlates strongly with the support won by David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klansman, who ran as Republican in 1991. These findings also suggest that efforts to build a more racially diverse Republican party may encounter resistance from white conservatives, especially in rural areas.