Who makes the runoff in the New Orleans Mayor's race might come down to who wins the young vote.
This is a topic Christopher Tidmore, political writer from the Louisiana Weekly and radio talk show host from WRNO, discussed in the second part of his Facebook Live discussion with me Wednesday afternoon.
If you’re looking for a good summary of the candidates, the background players, the organizations, the New Orleans election history, just contact political reporter, Christopher Tidmore.
On Wednesday, via Facebook Live, I discussed the New Orleans Mayor’s race and New Orleans elections with Tidmore, who writes for The Louisiana Weekly and who hosts a radio show locally.
Which Mayor might win the New Orleans election if the candidates were between two former Mayors and the current one, Mitch Landrieu? This is an extrapolation of an issue that a local PAC surveyed when it asked the following question:
Which is the candidate to beat in the New Orleans Mayor’s race—Michael Bagneris, Desiree Charbonnet, LaToya Cantrell, Troy Henry, Frank Spurlock? Will campaign money make the key difference? What are the major issues that appear to resonate with the voters? What might be the impact of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu? Will the Sewage and Water Board scandal seriously pour into the New Orleans Mayor’s election? The City Council elections? Who are the leading candidates in the competitive New Orleans City Council contests?
There are 25 days until the voters of New Orleans decide the top two candidates in the crowded race for Mayor of New Orleans. There are currently 18 candidates running for Mayor; however, most analysts have concluded there are three clear front-runners: Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, Former Judge Desiree Charbonnet and Former Judge Michael Bagneris, all Democrats.
This weekend, two different findings from two respectable pollsters with two totally different results hit the New Orleans Mayor’s election streets.
According to a poll by Greg Rigamer, Desiree Charbonnet has a five point lead over her closest competitor LaToya Cantrell but 41% of those polled were undecided. The poll was commissioned by the Charbonnet campaign and the five point margin was within the same margin of error.
“Money makes the elections go around, the elections go around, the elections go around.”
In today’s political world and in this case, the New Orleans Mayor’s race, money tells us much about who might be in the runoff, post-election day. Desiree Charbonnet, has a major advantage right now in terms of cash-on-hand compared to all other candidates. She leads with a 3 to 1 advantage over her next top-tier opponent, LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans City Councilwoman.
The dirty attack ads and websites that define most political races are off and running in the race for New Orleans Mayor. In an age of SuperPacs with unknown donors, we're now seeing cowardly anti-candidate sites showing up in political cyberspace without any identifiers as to who funded, built, created or responsible for the domain and sites itself.