Vitter, Edwards trade jabs, answer questions during WVLA runoff debate

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Monday night’s statewide debate featured some serious answers for the people in our state, and a lot of accusations and arguing from the candidates!

Right off the bat, Senator David Vitter and State Representative John Bel Edwards started taking verbal swings at each other. With a lively, responsive audience, it was clear how much this run-off debate mattered to voters, especially those who are still undecided.

Senator David Vitter and State Representative John Bel Edwards took their last, statewide opportunity to tell voters where they stand– and how they’re different from each other. Voters apparently liked their answers, and the accusations these candidates had for each other.

A brand new poll commissioned by Local33 and conducted by JMC Analytics shows John Bel Edwards in the lead, 51% to David Vitter’s 35%. 13% of voters are still undecided. If they were leaning toward David Vitter at all, his performance in the last statewide debate may have been his strongest yet… and it may sway some on-the-fence voters over to his side.

We asked him how he plans to continue to reach out to Republicans in the next five days. Vitter says “The fact of the matter is we’re consolidating great conservative support all around the state. We see that every day. I feel it as I talk to voters, as I go door to door and we’re measuring it as well. Voters are keying in on two things: the fact that this election is about our future, and it’s between two candidates with vastly different records. A Louisiana conservative versus a pro-Obama liberal.”

And of course– like every question in the debate, this one didn’t go by without mud-slinging and name calling. Vitter accused Edwards of using campaign cash to rent a “purple party bus” in New Orleans. Vitter says “John Bel Edwards hosted voters, gave them free drinks, at a very adult New Orleans night club, to pack them into a party bus. So yes, that’s affecting early voting. But you know what? I’d much rather depend on the hard work, the perspiration, the dedication of our volunteers and our advocates than the purple party bus. Edwards took his chance to get in an early jab at Vitter, saying to him “I was at that place in New Orleans with my wife. With my wife, and I gave an interview on a Radio station. No, not as interesting as your date night, Senator.”

The two men traded a lot of back-and-forth repartee, and Senator David Vitter addressed his “serious sin” multiple times tonight.

Will this debate be enough to motivate the electorate in Louisiana? Election Day is Saturday, November 21st.

We’ll have all your local election coverage that night, right here on Local33 News.

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