3rd Congressional District Race: Angelle Raises More Than All Candidates Combined
In the race for the 3rd Congressional District, it appears as though it's GOP Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle's race to lose, as he's raised more than rest of the field combined. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says this goes along with how the race has been from the very beginning.
"Scott Angelle has had an enormous lead in terms of name recognition, previous time in office, and money," said Cross.
Third Quarter Federal Elections Commission records show Angelle has over $1 million dollars in receipts through the third quarter, followed by Gus Rantz with more $620,000. Cross says Clay Higgins, a former police captain with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, is arguably the second best-known candidate in the race.
"He's kind-of a media star and his name recognition is probably second," said Cross. "Although he's been bloodied up a bit lately in the press."
Cross says also worth mentioning for a potential runoff spot is Democrat Larry Rader because many people in the district would never vote Republican. He says there's also a former state Representative who is a favorite in the district's western region.
"Brett Geymann is a favorite in Lake Charles," said Cross. "That's a constituency that is probably a little less traveled than the Lafayette constituency."