When looking back at Saturday’s match ultimately won by John Schroder against Derrick Edwards, Simon and Garfunkel's "Most Peculiar Man" crosses my mind. If anything, the race a "stranger than strange" competition. John Couvillon, one of the two panelists on Bayoubuzz's Facebook Live discussion this morning, has an interesting take. He looks at the race as the Rodney Dangerfield political clash, an election that simply got “no respect”.
The 2017 election cycle in Louisiana has concluded with last night’s runoffs, and Republican former state representative John Schroder is now State Treasurer. However, his 56-44% victory was identical to the margin that Republican Bill Cassidy defeated Mary Landrieu in the 2014 runoffs. There was a unique set of circumstances at play leading to this identical result, which can be explained by these highlights gleaned from examination of unofficial precinct data:
In an email just released the GOP is reminding all that there is an election tomorrow and votes are important to help John Schroder win the Louisiana Treasurer’s seat.
The only statewide race on the ballot is the special election for state treasurer. There will be a smattering of local elections, such as for mayor of New Orleans and the Caddo Commission.
The special election for state treasurer is to replace John Kennedy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.
This morning, I discovered that LaToya Cantrell is ahead of Desiree Charbonnet by a whopping 18 points, according to a research firm LJR Custom Strategies on behalf of the local branch of a national education reform organization, Democrats for Education Reform.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Schroder might have a very difficult time getting out the vote, sufficiently so, his opponent, Derrick Edwards, an African American Democrat, might somehow squeeze into the victory column. I noted that there were no real major contested elections in Louisiana other than the race for Orleans Parish. There is one election, a Northshore House race between two Republicans fighting for Schroder’s old House position, which he vacated to run for Treasurer.