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Democratic senator won't run against Jindal

3 years ago September 02, 2011 Sep 2, 2011 Friday, September 02 2011 Friday, September 02, 2011 1:36:25 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Democrats' top hope for a challenger to run against Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal says he isn't getting in the race.

State Sen. Rob Marionneaux announced Friday that "this is not the time" to run for governor.

That leaves middle school teacher Tara Hollis as the only announced Democrat running in the Oct. 22 election against Jindal.

Hollis is a little-known candidate from Haynesville who had less than $1,000 on hand in her latest campaign finance report.

By comparison, Jindal had $9 million for his campaign.

Democratic leaders had been trying to woo Marionneaux, a lawyer who is term-limited in the Senate, to get into the race.

But he had expressed concerns about how the race would affect his family and
whether he could raise enough money for the campaign.

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