If anyone had any delusions that Sen. David Vitter would run a hopeful, optimistic campaign about Louisiana’s future, he wasted no time shattering those hopes. From the moment that Scott Angelle conceded the race Saturday night, Vitter fell comfortably to his default position of the past seven years: painting his runoff opponent, State Rep. John Bel Edwards, as merely a stand-in for President Barack Obama.
The David Vitter for Governor Campaign picked up endorsements today of some government officials within the Acadiana Parishes. Vitter's campaign sent out the following email blast under Congressman's Charles Boustany's name, which, as a subject, said, "Acadiana Rallying Behind Vitter" .
The race for governor is now headed into the anticipated runoff but with a new twist. Six month ago the runoff was expected to be John Bel Edwards, a democrat, against republican David Vitter. That prediction was correct. But the outcome of the primary election was far from predicted by the experts. It was expected that once David Vitter had John Bel Edwards in the runoff he would run away with the election. Well, that is not going to happen.
Why didn't David Vitter get out the vote, given his resources and execution, this past Saturday, election day? Can David Vitter continue his normal plan, to link his opponent to Obama? Can Jon Bel Edwards convince the electorate that he is a different type of democrat? Does Vitter have enough votes among those in the core-conservative voters, or will he need to moderate to peel off enough voters from his former opponents?
Louisiana Governor's election is moving into its first full week of the runoff and the candidates and proxies are strategizing and some say they are directly coordinating with Super PACS. The nnational media is beginning to take note and social media is a hot bed of anger between the two sides.
A new Democratic-based poll, paid for by an organization which has been denouncing David Vitter in TV ads, is stating that Jon Bel Edwards, has the early lead against Republican David Vitter in the Louisiana gubernatorial election.
Do a majority of folks in Louisiana even care about who governs them in the coming years? You wouldn’t think so based on election turnout in last week’s gubernatorial election. Election officials had projected just under 50% turnout. As a former head of elections during my time as Secretary of State, I had projected a bit above 40%.
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball today moved campaign ratings on Louisiana gubernatorial races towards the Democratic candidate Jon Bel Edwards, today.
On Saturday, Sen. David Vitter (R) and state Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) advanced to a runoff in Louisiana, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21.
The abnormally low turnout for the 2015 Louisiana state general elections seems mainly a consequence of campaign-specific factors more than for longer term, secular reasons.