Survey: Kennedy has a 9-percentage point lead in a head-to-head race with the governor

October 24, 2018 - 9:01 pm


Alongside the announcement that John Kennedy will announce his gubernatorial intentions by December 1st, the U.S. Senator released a poll showing he leads Governor Edwards 48% to 39% in a theoretical race. UL Lafayette Political Sci Professor Pearson Cross says the survey is a reminder that Edwards faces tough re-election chances.  

“Edwards was a bit of a surprise coming out of a very nasty inter party rivalry on the Republican side, and this time around he won’t be so lucky," said Edwards. 
The poll by SurveyUSA was commissioned by Kennedy.

The survey, which polled 605 likely voters, noted Kennedy had the highest approval rating in the state at 57%, eclipsing his potential Republican rival Jeff Landry, who sat at 41%. Cross says Landry's political feud with the governor has made the A-G less popular

“Landry has been in a back and forth with John Bel Edwards and both of them have been somewhat bruised by the contact between them,” said Cross

Edwards’ approval rating came in at 53 percent.

That being said, Cross says you may want to take these results with a grain of salt. 

“This is an internal poll that Kennedy did and internal polls are notoriously skewed towards the person that did them.”

The only Republican in the race right now, Eddie Rispone, has a 13% favorability rating with most voters not having an opinion one way or the other.

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