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Voting Statistics for Gubernatorial Elections: Total Votes in Primary Election

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1. The Council of State Governments, Book of the States [Table 6.7]
Note: Connecticut, Utah - Candidate nominated by convention. Louisiana has an open primary which requires all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, to appear on a single ballot. If a candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote in the primary, he is elected to the office. If no candidate receives a majority vote, then a single election is held between the two candidates receiving the most votes. In the October 22, 2011 primary election Governor Bobby Jindal (R) received 65.8 percent of the vote, the four Democrats received 28.2 percent of the vote and the other five candidates received the remaining 6 percent of the vote. No run-off election was required. West Virginia - A special election was held on October 4, 2011 to fill the office of governor, which became vacant after the resignation of Governor Joe Manchin, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, first in the line of succession, became governor on November 15, 2010. In January 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a special election must be held so that the governor would be in place by November 15, 2011, one year after Manchin’s resignation. Alaska - The Democratic Primary combines the candidates from the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Alaskan Independence Party. California became an open primary state after passage of Proposition 14 in the June 2010 election. The top two vote-getters in primary races for congressional, state legislative and statewide offices, regardless of political party, will be in a face-off in the general election. Arkansas - Candidate ran unopposed.