oday, Gov. John Bel Edwards filed his annual campaign finance report showing that his campaign had $5,013,461.97 cash on hand at the halfway point of his term as governor.
In 2017, Gov. Edwards raised $2,145,518.56 in contributions, with 85 percent of the contributions coming from the citizens of Louisiana. Gov. Edwards also limited his fundraising, according to state law, to months when the Louisiana Legislature was not in session.
"Donna and I couldn't be more grateful for the support and trust the people of Louisiana have placed in us," said Gov. Edwards. "We took office at a very difficult time in our state - historic budget shortfalls, high unemployment and the highest disinvestment in the nation for higher education. Today, we've stabilized our state, unemployment is at a 10-year low, record-setting economic development projects are popping up around the state, and we've ended the cycles of annual cuts to higher education. I am so optimistic about our state's future and where we stand at the halfway point of this administration, and I am humbled that the people of Louisiana have given my family this incredible opportunity."
According to Pollster Bernie Pinsonat durin
g an online interview on Bayoubuzz.com, a likely candidate against Edwards won't emerge until the fall of this year, after the national elections. Much might depend upon whether the Republicans keep the House and/or Senate. Pinsonat said, the man to beat at this point in time is Majority Whip Republican House Speaker Steve Scalise and/or Republican Senator John Kennedy, should either decide to run.