By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – It has been a fairly quiet campaign season in Louisiana with regard to the October gubernatorial election, but pundits expect that to change in the next week or so. Word is that the campaigns of all three candidates will kick into high gear after July 4.
Securely out in front for re-election is Governor John Bel Edwards, who is polling in the mid to high 40 percent range on most every poll. He is followed by his Republican challengers, Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone, both of whom have fairly low name recognition throughout the state. Abraham is currently a US Representative so that alone gets him a little bit more publicity and slightly more recognition.
If Edwards doesn’t win the October primary outright, he will likely be challenged by Ralph Abraham in the November general election.
It is, of course, the polls which have so far provided the entertainment for this race since the candidates have been relatively quiet. In a recent poll published in The Advocate, pollster Verne Kennedy not only had Donald Trump in deep trouble with Louisiana voters (despite popular opinion otherwise), he also had Edwards polling much higher than any other survey with 58%.
Louisiana radio personality Moon Griffon was apoplectic over Kennedy’s poll, as reported by The Hayride:
To say the least, Moon Griffon’s reaction on Friday when Bridges’ piece came out was spirited. IF he’d shouted “Bullshit!” for 19 minutes straight he’d have gotten the same point across.
Griffon’s point, that for Bridges to write up a poll which doesn’t publish its voter sample, when it was taken or any of the crosstabs and most of all who paid for it, which has such bizarre results compared to every other survey done on Trump’s electoral strength in Louisiana and the governor’s race, completely stinks is spot on.
Griffon has a low tolerance for nonsense.
Meanwhile, Edwards has been quietly covering his bases, nailing down the teacher vote, for example, by signing off on a $1,000 per year pay raise for Louisiana educators. It’s not much, but it may affirm his merit for some educators.
And in truth, Edwards will be hard to beat. He’s a Democrat but he’s also pro-Second Amendment and staunchly pro-life, recently signing a strong anti-abortion bill.
But, as I often say and as we all know, in Louisiana politics there is never a dull moment and so as the campaigns heat up in coming weeks, it will certainly be entertaining to watch.