A look ahead to the 2015 governor's race shows a statistical tie between republican senator David Vitter and democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Vitter is running, while it's unknown if Landrieu will run.
University of Louisiana Political Science Professor Pearson Cross doesn't expect Landrieu to run, so he says it's Vitter's race to lose.
"The favorables for Vitter are higher than one might expect, given some of the bad press in the past, it's over 50%," Cross noted.
Vitter has announced he will run. Landrieu has not.
In the Magellan Strategies poll of 600 voters, Vitter received support from 28-percent of the respondents, 26-percent said they would vote for Landrieu and another 13-percent backed republican Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. Cross says Dardenne has a lot of ground to makeup.
"Most people haven't heard of Dardenne," Cross said.
Republican state treasurer John Kennedy might also run and he received nine-percent of the vote in this poll. Cross says if Landrieu doesn't run, there's a good chance Vitter will face another republican in the runoff.
Announced democratic candidate John Bel Edwards received 5% of the vote, while 20% are undecided.