After suffering through the term of Democrat governor John Bel Edwards with the country’s worst economic performance, the people of Louisiana are poised for change. They appear ready to elect Republican businessman Eddie Rispone to replace Edwards. Rispone defeated fellow Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham in the state’s jungle primary and is now poised to go one-on-one against Edwards. Scott McKay reports at The American Spectator:
Edwards’ desperation was evident in the fact that on Sunday, one day after failing to earn 50 percent of the vote against fractured opposition — Rispone had roiled the race two weeks from the primary election by unleashing a controversial attack ad against Abraham, which the latter’s camp screamed was driving voters into Edwards’ camp, though that didn’t fully materialize on Election Night — he released a poll by the Democrat firm ALG Research that showed him besting Rispone in a head-to-head race, 52-36. But the poll was taken prior to the runoff, and as such the Abraham voters surveyed had no opportunity to hear his endorsement of Rispone. That’s a significant factor, seeing as though the ALG poll suggested 15 percent of Abraham’s voters would switch parties and vote for Edwards while 27 percent were undecided. One imagines Abraham’s endorsement would help Rispone pull a little more than 58 percent of his voters, particularly in a Republican state with the worst economic performance in America during Edwards’ tenure.
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