Democrats came up well short of challenging any of Louisiana's five Republican incumbent Congressmen this year, with none of their candidates even cracking 40 percent of the vote. It’s the continuation of a decade trend that’s led to Republican dominance of the Bayou State, and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says that’s not likely to change any time soon.
“Right now there is no end in sight for the misery of the Democratic Party in Louisiana. It is basically becoming the party of African Americans. White Democrats are becoming scarce.”
And if anything, Pinsonat says it’s likely to get much worse for Dems as it appears the GOP will wipe out the last of the rural white Democrats in the 2019 state election. In the 90’s the state was all Democrat, but Pinsonat says that changed as the national party grew more socially liberal.
“Social issues like the military, guns, abortion, have cause whites in Louisiana to push away from the Democratic Party.”
Pinsonat says it’s important to note the Democrats running for Secretary of State, the only statewide option Tuesday, combined for about 45 percent of the vote.
These trends don’t bode well for Governor John Bel Edwards who could be facing a Red Tide in 2019 as the nation gears up for a Presidential election and the state for local elections. Pinsonat says the environment isn’t favorable, but Edwards’ has beaten the odds before with a little help from the GOP.
“It’s not impossible, the Republicans can certainly do things again to help him, but it’s a tough reelection in a red state Louisiana.”
Eddie Rispone is the only Republican currently in the 2019 governor’s race, but we’ll hear from Senator Kennedy about his plans by December.