FuturePAC releases results of poll on EBR Mayor-President election candidates to participate in BRAC

FuturePAC released the results of a poll it commissioned to gauge voter support for the candidates running for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish.
“While these polling results indicate a basic tie among two frontrunners, they also strongly suggest the possibility of movement in the race once voters, particularly those currently undecided, begin to focus more closely on the candidates,” said Van Mayhall, FuturePAC board chairman. “We believe the BRAC forum on October 18 will provide voters a tremendous opportunity to learn more about where the top candidates stand on important issues and the future quality of life of the parish.”
The poll of likely voters in the November 8 primary, conducted by Impact Management Group, initially showed a sizable percentage of voters who are still undecided, suggesting that the race remains somewhat fluid.  However, topline results when voters were asked which candidate they would vote for “if the election were held today,” showed the following result:
  • Sharon Weston-Broome 30%
  • Bodi White 29%
  • C. Denise Marcelle 11%
  • John Delgado 9%
  • R.J. “Smokie” Bourgeois 4%
  • Darryl Gissel 3%
  • Rufus Craig 1%
  • Greg LaFleur 1%
  • Byron Sharper 1%
  • Beverly Amador 0%
  • Braylon Hyde 0%
  • Cade Williams 0%
The poll, conducted from October 3 through October 5, consisted of 302 likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/- 5.63 percent.
Self-identified demographic breakdown of likely voter poll participants by percentage:
  • Female: 52
  • Male: 48
  • White: 45
  • African-American or Black: 43
  • Other: 7
  • Did not say: 4
  • Hispanic: 1
  • Democrat: 52
  • Republican: 36
  • Independent/Other: 10
  • Did not say: 2                 
BRAC will host an EBR Mayor-President Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Baton Rouge Magnet High School Auditorium.  The forum is free and open to the public. Details and registration available at brac.org/events.
The forum will be moderated by Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. BRAC board members will pose questions – modeled closely on the six issue areas identified in BRAC’s election platform – to the candidates.
Panelists include Ann Trappey, president and CEO of Forte and Tablada and current BRAC board chair, Lee Jenkins, executive manager of Performance Contractors and incoming BRAC board chair, and Monique Scott-Spaulding, owner and CEO of JaniKing Baton Rouge and chair of BRAC’s Legislative Committee.
Invited and confirmed participants include the top six candidates in the race: Sharon Weston-Broome, Bodi White, C. Denise Marcelle, John Delgado, R.J. “Smokie” Bourgeois, and Darryl Gissel.

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