POLITICO- Vitter's past at center of governor's race

by Kevin Robillard | October 26, 2015
Sen. David Vitter spent the summer on a glide path to becoming Louisiana's next governor. But even if Vitter earns a spot in the general election after Saturday's all-party primary, the Republican's ascension to the governor's mansion is in serious trouble.
Sen. David Vitter spent the summer on a glide path to becoming Louisiana's next governor. But even if Vitter earns a spot in the general election after Saturday's all-party primary, the Republican's ascension to the governor's mansion is in serious trouble.

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But his image has steadily eroded over the course of the campaign. A automated Harper Polling survey of Louisiana voters conducted last week found 56 percent had a negative image of Vitter, while only 36 percent viewed him favorably. By contrast, 61 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Edwards, and 29 percent viewed him unfavorably.

Even in the weeks leading up to the primary, Republicans were concerned what had been an almost-certain hold for the GOP was in danger. The Republican Governors Association has been running television ads for the past two weeks attacking Edwards, hoping to soften him up before the runoff. The Democratic Governors Association is still debating whether or not to invest in the state.

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