A new independent poll on the election for US Senate in Louisiana finds a tight race. Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy still leads the Southern Media and Opinion Research survey of 500 likely voters with 17%. But Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says GOP Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany is only two percentage points back.

“He’s doing very well in his base, which pushed his numbers to 15%. He was around 9, 10, or 11, but now he’s gotten better known. His base is responding to his ads,” Pinsonat said.

The poll was conducted from September 15th to the 17th. Pinsonat says Democrat Caroline Fayard has improving poll numbers as well as she’s up to 11% in his poll.

“Her endorsement by Mitch Landrieu certainly helped her. The polls show she’s doing much better in New Orleans,” Pinsonat said.

The other candidates who polled near double digits are Democrat Foster Campbell, who is at nine-percent and Republican Congressman John Fleming is at eight percent. Pinsonat says this survey shows there’s five candidates who can still make the runoff.

“This race is really going to be tight and very, very interesting. It’s going to be a barn burner,” Pinsonat said.