Qualifying for the November 6th election is underway. It will give voters a final roster of candidates for Congressional seats, and the special election to replace Tom Schedler as Secretary of State. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the Secretary’s race will draw ambitious politicians who can raise the cash necessary to make a name for themselves statewide.
“You have to raise 5, 6, $700,000 and you could end up in debt. Most of the people who are running are doing it because the Secretary of State is not the most powerful position in Louisiana, but it is a stepping stone,” said Pinsonat.
The Secretary of State’s race is open after Schedler resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations from his former sectary. There are four announced candidates.
There’s been a swell of Democratic enthusiasm heading into the 2018 midterms, which could lead to big changes on the national political scene. Pinsonat says don’t expect any of that enthusiasm to make an impact here in either congressional races or the fight for Secretary of State, as Democratic candidates are likely to downplay their party affiliation.
“Louisiana is a fire engine red state running as a national democrat in Louisiana will not get you elected, it will get you defeated in huge numbers.”
Pinsonat doesn’t expect any big upsets in the congressional races. But he says to keep an eye on the 3rd district, where freshman Congressman Clay Higgins is expected to face notable opposition. Pinsonat says GOP challenger Josh Guillory has seen his profile spike after an endorsement from Trump lawyer and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“He has a good friend of the president endorsing him because he is dating the campaign manager of Clay Higgins’ opponent. So, it’s a little weird, but that’s something we will be paying attention to.”
The Qualifying period lasts until Friday afternoon.