John Bel Edwards is the Governor-Elect. The race is over, and an analysis of it is in order.
This election was without a doubt the most negative and nasty of any campaign I can remember. The tone of the election was set early on by Senator David Vitter and his Political Action Committee who ran a nearly totally negative campaign against his two republican rivals in the primary and against Mr. Edwards in the general election. This onslaught of negative campaigning contributed heavily to the Edwards victory. By attacking his republican opponents so heavily, many of those voters found it impossible to vote for Mr. Vitter in the run-off election. To win John Bel Edwards did not need all of Jay Dardenne’s voters nor did he need all of Scott Angelle’s voters. He just needed some of them, and he got them.
Thankfully, the 2015 election season is finally over. After six months of attack ads and sound bites filled with personal accusations and character assassinations, we can move on as a state and get to work on the issues at hand.
Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards accomplished what was once thought to be impossible by breaking the trend and winning a governor’s race in the South as a Democrat. He started with a big lead on the night of the primary and never looked back. It was an impressive effort.
The Louisiana Elections will go down as one of the most brutal in state’s history.
There were many issues floating around including David Vitter’s sin, whether Jon Bel Edwards was a true moderate or a liberal, if Republicans would move towards Edwards and even whether the Louisiana Democratic Party could energize black turnout.
Call it the battle of the polls as the Louisiana Governor's race other other elections come down to the wire, tomorrow.
This week reality finally reached Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as he ended his long shot presidential campaign. His campaign was an utter failure from the beginning. He never registered any significant support in the national polls and was relegated to the “kiddies’” table for all four presidential debates.
Panic in the streets? Terrorists on your doorsteps?
How volatile is the issue after the Paris ISIS attacks?
In Louisiana, it appears, this issue alone might catapult US Senator David Vitter, into the governor's mansion after being down by 16 points, and now down by four. The election is tomorrow.
The Fat Lady ain't singing. Not yet.
Shades of the 1993 election in which Mary Landrieu rode the wave of the Sugar crises in South America, David Vitter, behind in the polls, all runoff season, is building a typhoon over the international Paris terrror crises.
The Verne Kennedy tracking poll is in for Thursday with a sample of 900 or 300 per night up until last night.
Jeff Crouere, Ron Faucheux and I discussed the poll results today in a Bayoubuzz Blab. That video is online at bayoubuzz.com.
In summary, based upon discussions with Verne Kennedy and analysis of this poll with Ron Faucheux, there is some narrowing by Vitter, but, by only by roughly .5%.
Louisiana governor’s election, T-minus 2 (depending upon how you count backwards).
The moment that we all have been waiting for is fast approaching. It's almost liftoff. For better or for worst, for richer or for our poorer future.
Former Louisiana state senator Sixty Rayburn was well know for his folksy sayings during legislative sessions. He often urged his colleagues to never forget the folks back home when deciding issues at the state capitol. Sixty put it this way. “Always dancewith the one that brought you.” It’s a lesson Bobby Jindal forgot during his quixotic campaign for president that ended abruptly this week.