A new poll on the 2015 governor's race has Senator David Vitter defeating three potential run-off opponents. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is still the closest potential challenger, but he also still comes up short. The survey by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling has Senator David Vitter leading in run-off matches against three potential opponents in the 2015 race for governor.
Pollster Tom Jensen says Vitter has strong approval ratings, which will make him tough to beat.
"Forty-eight percent of the voters approve of him, 35 percent disapprove," Jensen said. "When you compare that with Bobby Jindal and Mary Landrieu, it makes Vitter the most popular politician in the state."
In the survey of 664 registered voters, Vitter easily defeated Democratic state representative John Bel Edwards in a possible run-off, and also came out on top against Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Jensen says in a hypothetical run-off with Landrieu, Vitter received 48 percent and the mayor got 44 percent.
Jensen says Landrieu may be the Democrat's best shot at regaining the Louisiana governor's mansion.
"He has the popularity and it looks like he could make it a race, if he decides to get in," said Jensen. "It's just a question of whether he ends up doing that."
So far, Landrieu has not given any indication that he would run.
Jensen says a run-off with Dardenne would also be a tight race. He says according to their survey, Vitter has a six-percentage point lead over the Lt. Governor, but not as much popular support, leading that hypothetical runoff 40 percent to Dardenne's 34 percent.
"I think you would see Democrats tend to vote for Dardenne in a such a run-off, and then if you combine that with just a large enough of the percentage of the Republican vote, that's where you could see Vitter have some trouble," said Jensen.