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Posted: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 6:56AM

Poll shows Mitch Landrieu has good shot at becoming LA gov.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu may have just been sworn in for his second term in city hall, but a new poll suggests he is a favorite to become Louisiana's next governor.
A Southern Media and Opinion Research poll on the 2015 governor's race shows Landrieu, a Democrat, tied with Republican Senator David Vitter in a hypothetical primary. Both get 29 percent in the survey, well ahead of any other potential candidates.

Pollster Bernie Pinsonat said that's good news for Vitter, who has already announced his candidacy.
"We still have a long way to go, but if Senator Vitter maintains that big Republican base he's getting, then it would be hard to keep him out of the runoff," Pinsonat explained.
State Treasurer John Kennedy and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, both Republicans, received 12 and 11 percent, respectively.
"If you're Dardenne or Kennedy, the only way to make the runoff is to take Republicans away from Vitter," said Pinsonat.
Landrieu, who just began a second term as mayor, has not indicated whether he plans to run for governor next year. Pinsonat says his poll shows Vitter would beat Landrieu in a run-off. He says it's also unclear who Vitter's biggest challenger without Landrieu in the race.
If Landrieu stays out, Pinsonat said state lawmaker John Bel Edwards, at the moment the only Democrat who has announced an intent to run for governor, would likely pick up a lot of Landrieu's support. But the pollster said that doesn't automatically make it a contest between Edwards and Vitter, either: "If Mitch decides, 'eh, I don't want to do this, I'm happy where I am, let me just finish out,' then you have a real crapshoot."
Edwards received six percent in Pinsonat's poll.

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