AR-News: (LA) Cockfight Support Falls Behind in U.S. Senate Race
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Tue Jun 8 13:39:22 EDT 2004
John Kennedy Showing Strength In Louisiana U.S. Senate
Author: Jeff Crouere
Yesterday, pollster Verne Kennedy released the latest
U.S. Senate poll. It shows that Congressman David
Vitter continues to run first with 35%, followed by
State Treasurer John Kennedy at 22%, Congressman Chris
John at 18% and State Representative Arthur Morrell at
5%. There are 20% undecided.
Vitter has been consistently running first; however,
there has been a change in the second position. Polls
taken several months ago showed Congressman Chris John
in second place, but in the last two polls, John
Kennedy has been in second place.
Kennedy has improved his position despite the near
monolithic support John has from key leaders in
thestate and national Democratic party. In the
Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee, John is
clearly the favorite over Kennedy. Also, on the
national level, John is the pick of the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee. This type of support
will enable John to maintain a fund raising advantage
over Kennedy in the final few months.
Yet, despite the fund raising advantage and the party
support, John has fallen behind Kennedy. Kennedy
enjoys a significant name recognition edge due to his
numerous race for statewide offices. Also, Kennedy has
been able to take some popular stands in recent
months. He was the only statewide elected official to
come out against the obnoxious and offensive pay
raise, which scored points for him with voters. He
also opposed cockfighting in Louisiana, as does 82% of
the voters in the state. Yet, John supports
cockfighting and calls it part of the cultural and
social fabric of Louisiana.
So, now as the race moves to the next stage, Kennedy
has to keep his lead over John to make a run-off
against Vitter. According to the poll, a potential
run-off between Vitter and either John or Kennedy is
very close. All of this makes for an interesting U.S.
Senate race and probably another very close
election,which is a becoming a regular occurrence in
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