Analyst calls first week after Louisiana Governor’s primary election, ‘calm before the storm’


BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The first week leading up to the run-off for the Louisiana governor’s race is now in the books. Much like betting college football, political analysts are eager to try and project a winner.

“I think Governor Edwards is down but not out,” said analyst John Couvillion while speaking about incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

“I see it honestly as a toss-up kind of race and let me tell you why. The Republican candidates and the aggregate got 52% of the vote. Governor Edwards and another Democrat got 47.5%, so the Republicans start off in the lead, but its not an insurmountable lead.”

Couvillion said we can expect to see Edwards move to a different page in his playbook. “Now that he’s facing one Republican in a run-off, and that there’s a possibility of a Republican supermajority in both houses of the legislature, I can see Governor Edwards using that as leverage to try and get democrats who sat on the sidelines in the primary to vote in the runoff.”

Edwards faces businessman Eddie Rispone in the general election on Nov. 16 after failing to win a majority vote in the primary.

Tune to NBC Local 33 at 6 p.m. or FOX 44 at 9 p.m. to hear more on Couvillion’s projections for the race.

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