New Poll Results Create Confusion Over Governor’s Race
I would be willing to bet that right now gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle could do a wonderful testimony for the power of advertising. As the only candidate for Louisiana governor that has spent a significant amount of money to advertise his campaign he is seeing the fruits of his efforts yielding incredible results.
A new poll by Verne Kennedy shows that the Acadiana Republican is now the front runner in the race for the state's top job. This is the first poll that we have seen published that had someone other than Senator David Vitter at the top of the list.
However, there is some question about how the results of this poll have been interpreted. The man who was responsible for the poll is saying that some reports about its results are not being reported accurately. In a story from the Baton Rouge Advocate Mr. Kennedy was reported as saying that it's still a Vitter, Edwards race.
That being said there does seem to be an indication that the political tide is beginning to turn across the state. University of Louisiana at Monroe Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley is observing these results cautiously. Especially since almost all other political polls have place Vitter and lone Democrat John Bel Edwards in the top two positions.
To have a poll that shows Scott Angelle, perhaps, being in the top two is perplexing.
Stockley whose comments were reported by the Louisiana Radio Network did make reference to Scott Angelle's media blitz.
Scott Angelle did sink several millions of dollars in advertisement during the middle of the summer.
So that could be paying dividends for Angelle's campaign. The results of the Kennedy survey as interpreted by the Louisiana Radio Network showed Angelle would garner 25% of the vote. Vitter would receive 22% while Edwards would poll 20% of the electorate. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne received the nod from 12% of those surveyed while 21% of the 600 surveyed told pollsters they had yet to make up their mind.
Should this serve as a wake up call for some of the other campaigns? Stockley suggests that it might be a good time to rethink the current strategy.
This would behoove, not just Vitter, but the other two, Dardenne and Edwards, to perhaps pick up their pace in terms of advertising and appearances.
Louisiana voters will go to the polls to elect a new governor on October 24th.