Of importance, however, is a little fact of perhaps even greater note. Mitch Landrieu has just been sworn in as New Orleans mayor for his second term. He has made no public statement regarding any desire to run for governor.
Also, in a head to head battle, it is another story as Vitter soundly defeats Landrieu.
Here is the SMOR survey regarding the upcoming Louisiana governor's race.
2015 Louisiana Governor’s race
Mitch Landrieu (D) and David Vitter (R) lead the pack of six prospective candidates. With each of them pulling 29% of the vote (58% total with 11% undecided), there’s precious little left for the other prospective candidates.
Among the other prospective candidates, State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne (R) run in a second tier with 12% and 11% respectively. State Representative John Bel Edwards (D) gets 6% and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R) gets 4%.
Vitter gets 50% of the Republican vote and 24% among Independents. Landrieu on the other hand draws 48% of the Democrat vote and 26% among Independents. What separates the two is that Vitter draws 15% of the Democrats, but Landrieu only attracts 6% of the Republicans.
Landrieu gets strong support among black Democrats (67%). However among white Democrats, Landrieu only draws support from 30% compared with Vitter getting 25%. Collectively, the two Democrat candidates get 35% of the white Democrat vote while the four Republican candidates get 52% of the white Democrat vote.
Mitch Landrieu - David Vitter runoff
Vitter leads Landrieu 53% to 42% in a runoff; 6% are undecided or won’t say. In the runoff,
Vitter gets 86% of the Republican vote while Landrieu gets 9% of the Republicans. Among Democrats, Landrieu gets 67% and Vitter gets 27%. Among white Democrats, Landrieu gets 49% and Vitter gets 43% with the remainder being undecided. Vitter leads Landrieu among Independents by 53% to 42%.