A new poll on the 6th district congressional race shows former Governor Edwin Edwards would win the open primary in November. Edwards had 43-percent of the vote in the automated survey. U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the results are not surprising, since Edwards' name recognition is higher than the other candidates.
"Virtually everyone knows who Edwin Edwards is for good and bad, these other candidates, people are not too sure about them."
Political operative Darrell Glascock conducted the survey and it first appeared in lapolitics.com.
The poll also shows Edwards trailing in a hypothetical run-off against two of the announced republican candidates, state senator Dan Claitor and coastal restoration expert Garret Graves. Cross says while Edwards has the name recognition, the majority of voters in the 6th district are republican.
"It would be extremely unlikely for them to turn around and elect an old-time, liberal, democrat like Edwin Edwards. So that's why whoever gets in the runoff with Edwards, would be the favorite."