Both Melancon and Vitter won their two respective primaries on Saturday, both by landslides. Vitter received 88 percent of the vote against two republican rivals. Only Republicans could vote in the party’s primary election. Melancon received 77% of the democrat vote. Both democrats and independents were able to cast a vote.
Vitter is currently leading in all polls released generally by 10 and 23 percent margins. Melancon and the National Democratic Senatorial Committee disagree and have contended that Melancon has pulled up “dead-even” with the republican.
A statement from Luke Bolar, spokesman for David Vitter for U.S. Senate in response to Charlie Melancon’s conference call, said:
“Charlie Melancon's new appreciation for open public forums is a welcome change. It's quite different than when he hid from them during the Obamacare debate while Senator Vitter held 24 health care town halls all around the state - just some of the 200 plus town halls he’s held as Louisiana’s senator. In terms of five campaign debates, we actually accepted our fifth invitation today from the Red River Tea Party, the largest tea party group in north Louisiana, which is as grass roots and open as you can get.”
In an email response a Bayoubuzz query, on Tuesday evening, the Bolar said, “Our office has not received any letter from them.”