Nearly 160,000 early votes cast in La.
BATON ROUGE- Nearly 160,000 Louisiana residents have cast ballots in early voting for the Oct. 22 elections, a 12 percent increase over the 2007 gubernatorial election.
Kyle Ardoin of the secretary of state's office says 159,542 early votes were cast by Saturday's deadline. The number will rise as mailed ballots from military and disabled voters are counted.
Ardoin said college football likely was a key factor in the increased number of early votes. No.1 -ranked LSU hosts Auburn on election day at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge Parish logged the top number of early votes, 9,256.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has nine opponents but is expected to easily win a second term. The lieutenant governor's race between Billy Nungesser and Jay Dardenne is one of the most competitive statewide contests.