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.
From the very beginning of the race for Governor of Louisiana, the leader has been U.S. Senator David Vitter. The conservative Republican has a massive fund raising advantage over his opponents. Also, as a member of Congress since 1999, Vitter enjoys a name recognition advantage as well.
No doubt, the Vitter campaign and super PAC have begun to increase its ads since Labor Day. It’s difficult to watch a television show or listen to radio without seeing or hearing one of the many ads that “Vitter and Company” are pushing to future voters.
The recent Louisiana governor’s poll conducted by Verne Kennedy showing Scott Angelle leading David Vitter has been criticized. It also has sent puzzling shockwaves across Louisiana. How can Scott Angelle come from so far behind, so quickly—assuming the poll is accurate, which the Vitter camp is say, it is not.
So what does it mean when two different polls about the same political contest come up with differences beyond the marginal? It means that observers get a peek into the imprecise world of survey data and the impact it can have on larger perceptions.
With three months to go, the gubernatorial campaign of state Rep. John Bel Edwards has increased the vigor of its whistling into the wind as more adverse information comes in about the state of all the candidates’ campaigns.
As usual, election results produce their share of winners and losers, and Louisiana politicians have no special immunity to this. Thus, from the latest quadrennial elections, we find: