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Voters in Louisiana's 1st congressional district voting in a special election on 2008-05-03 elected Steve Scalise as a new member of the United States House of Representatives, replacing Representative Bobby Jindal who resigned on 2008-01-14 to become Governor of Louisiana.

This election and Louisiana's 6th congressional district special election were the first Louisiana congressional elections not based on Louisiana's jungle primary since the 1970s.



These are the events leading up to the general special election:[1]

  • 2008-01-14: Jindal resigned
  • January 29-31, 2008: Qualifying
  • 2008-03-08: Party primary elections
  • 2008-04-05: Party runoff elections
  • 2008-05-03: General special election


State Sen. Steve Scalise won the May 3rd special general election decisively and was sworn in on May 7.

Louisiana's 1st congressional district special election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steve Scalise 33,867 75.13%
Democratic Gilda Reed 10,142 22.5%
Independent R.A. "Skip" Galan 786 1.74%
Independent American Anthony "Tony G" Gentile 280 0.62%
Total votes 45,075 100%%
Majority 23,725 54.63%
Republican hold Swing




Lost Runoff:
Lost primary:
  • Ben Morris[4] - Mayor of Slidell.
  • David Simpson[5] - Business owner and attorney.


  • Gilda Reed[4] - Psychologist and professor. Lost the special general election.
Lost primary:
  • Vinny Mendoza[4] - Air Force veteran, unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate

Independent American Party

  • Anthony "Tony G" Gentile[4][6][7] - Oil refinery supervisor, 2007 Louisiana gubernatorial candidate

Independent candidate

  • R. A. "Skip" Galan[8]

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