Labor Day marks the beginning of fall and football season, but it also means the unofficial kick off for election season. In Louisiana, the big statewide race is for US Senate, where there are 24 names on the ballot. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says it’s difficult for the candidates to set themselves apart, so message and visibility will be important before the November 8th election day.

“It’s going to come down to who can get his or her message out there that will resonate with voters. Any two of the top six or seven candidates could make it,” Dubos said.

Dubos says fundraising will likely pick up soon as well, particularly from national super PACs. He says in state donations will likely not be as high because of the recent flooding.

“I think that’s appropriate. I think people, donors and others, will say ‘You know what, we have bigger fish to fry right now. We’ve got to focus on recovery and help people who are hurting right now,’” Dubos said.

Dubos says expect to see the candidates ramp up their get the vote out campaign, which means you’ll start to hear more from them.

“Voters are likely to be tired of all the political ads and mailers and everything else, but that’s part of our American democratic process,” Dubos said.