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No late surprises for election qualifying


There were no real surprises as qualifying for statewide and other races ended Thursday. A total of 10 people qualified for the governor's race.

After 72 hours of qualifying for nearly every office the state has to offer, it's finally over.

A slew of candidates have qualified for governor, however none are considered a major threat to Bobby Jindal.

The only real surprise is New Orleans attorney and former U.S. Congressman Joseph Cao has qualified to run against Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. One thing is certain - this election cycle has been painstakingly quiet.

"There isn't a lot of electricity and we're 44 days from an election and it's unbelievable how quiet it is," said political analyst Jim Engster.  "Not only in the governor's race, but every statewide election right now.  Looks like we're gonna have a girth of candidates with a few exceptions and at this point it's Republican against Republican."

The most contentious race experts are expecting will be for the Lieutenant Governor's race.  Jay Dardenne is the incumbent and expects a real fight from Billy Nungesser out of Belle Chasse.

Incumbent Secretary of State Tom Shedler is also expecting a rough go of it from House Speaker Jim Tucker, who cannot run for a third term in the House.  Tucker was very confident last Tuesday when he talked to 9 News.

With John Georges and Carolyn Fayard not running, the Democratic Party is not making much of a show this election cycle.

"And that's the best the Democratic Party has going this round which means the Democratic Party is not what it used to be," said Engster.

The election is October 22.

Click here for a list of candidates who have qualified for statewide offices

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