Qualifying Is Open For The 2019 Fall Elections


The race for the Governor’s Mansion officially starts today with candidates heading to the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork for qualifying.

UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Governor Edwards heads into the race as the odds on favorite to win, however, there’s a reason to be pessimistic.

“We shouldn’t overstate that it is a deep red state and he is a Democrat, there are a lot of people who would like to see him gone,” Cross adds the limited polling available shows Edwards’ support in the mid to low 40s at the moment, a dangerously low level for a politician seeking re-election.

Edwards’ top polling opponent Congressman Ralph Abraham doesn’t have much money heading into campaign season, but Cross says he’s got conservative bona fides and compared to the other Republican

“He’s better known, he’s been endorsed by most Republicans around the state, and getting a lot of free media just acting as a Congressman,” Cross says he expects Abraham’s cash problems to disappear as outside PACs join the race on his side.

The other Republican in the race is Baton Rouge construction magnate Eddie Rispone, who’s self-funded to the tune of ten million dollars. Cross says his biggest issue is name recognition, but he’s making up for it with his recent statewide ad campaign.

“Eddie Rispone is starting to spend that big fat bank account that he has been sitting on. He loaned his own campaign about ten million dollars and as the money rolls out Rispone will likely be better known.”

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Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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