Kennedy beats Edwards in new poll

November 29, 2018 - 7:02 pm

( - A statewide poll of 500 Louisiana chronic voters finds that Republican US Senator John Kennedy leads Democratic incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards 49-to-45-percent in a head-to-head race for governor. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Kennedy has several advantages in his favor, including an increase in popularity

“He was 51 percent, now he’s 61 percent. He has the advantage of Louisiana voting pretty much party affiliation, and we have fewer and fewer white Democrats left.”

An announcement on whether Kennedy will run for governor is expected Monday. He’s currently completing the second-year of his six-year term as US Senator. Pinsonat says this survey is good news for Kennedy if he makes a run for the state’s highest elected office

“Will he run or not? We don’t know yet, but at least he’s in a pretty good position to start off at.”

The poll indicates only six-percent of voters are undecided with the election just over 10 months away. Pinsonat says Edwards remains a popular governor, 60-percent of respondents approve of his job performance. But he says the governor is a Democrat in a Red state.

“Can he make his accomplishments more important than party affiliation? He has to do better with whites, because Kennedy has basically taken most of the whites away from him.” 


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