Is there a gubernatorial election taking place in Louisiana this year? Based on the amount of current interest, you wouldn’t know it. Qualifications for statewide offices are less than four months away. Four months? And barely a peep out of candidates who want to run major offices in the Bayou State. What gives?
With less than eight months until the primary election, Louisiana Republicans are facing an uphill climb to defeat incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards.
As every campaign operative knows only too well, “money is the mother’s milk of politics.” In recent years, it has become ever more expensive to run an effective statewide race. The upcoming Governor’s race may be the costliest race in Louisiana political history. To compete, a serious candidate will need to spend $5 million at a minimum.
With that figure as a starting point, only two gubernatorial candidates are currently serious contenders in the upcoming race. Governor Edwards reported a very impressive $8.4 million campaign war chest at the end of the year. In terms of cash on hand, his nearest competitor is almost $3 million behind as Republican businessman Eddie Rispone reported $5.5 million in his campaign account in the same period.
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It is now official; Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is running for re-election. He released a video yesterday confirming the worst kept secret in Louisiana. It has been clear from the beginning of his first term that Edwards was running for re-election.
In his video, Edwards outlined his so-called accomplishments, but neglected to remind voters that he is a Democrat. Ironically, he is trying to have it both ways, pursuing liberal policies while masquerading as a conservative.
The Louisiana governor race has begun, kinda.
Today, on the other side, enters one Democrat John Bel Edwards, the current occupant of the governor's mansion who first won the seat in 2015.
Here is the campaign information which Bayoubuzz received this morning via email.
Earlier this week, Kennedy took a pass on running for the state’s top job, disheartening some hoping to dump Edwards. Today, Abraham, after saying for months he gave serious consideration to taking on Edwards, made the plunge.
The good times keep rolling for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Even though he is a Democrat in the red state of Louisiana, he was elected Governor in 2015 due to the personal and political baggage of his run-off opponent, former Republican United States Senator David Vitter. Not only did Vitter have to deal with a prostitution scandal, but he also was so disliked by his fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates that one remained neutral in the run-off and the other one made a very public endorsement of John Bel Edwards.
Exit stage left, US Senator John Kennedy in his bid to be the next Louisiana Governor.
Despite being in a strong position to capture the Governor's mansion, today In a press release, Kennedy stated he won’t run for governor, despite currently leading the current governor in a one on one poll by Bernie Pinsonat over Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards. Kennedy led Edwards in that poll by four points, 49-45 percent. Kennedy had a favorable rating of 61% whereas Edwards rated 60%.
Kennedy is the junior US Senator but has made a strong impact on the cable news circuits due in part to his southern folksy quips.
A poll commissioned by a Republican candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State and conducted by JMC Polling and Analytics indicate that that a Democrat and two Republicans lead the field at this time with elections six weeks away.