US Sen. John Kennedy (R) was expected to make an announcement yesterday proclaiming his challenge to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) in next year’s Louisiana gubernatorial election. Instead, however, Sen. Kennedy stated that the best way for him to best serve Louisiana is to remain in the US Senate. Therefore, even though he wouldn’t have to risk his Senatorial position to run for Governor, Mr. Kennedy will let the opportunity of forcing a race against Gov. Edwards pass.
US Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Alto/Monroe) is now much more likely to run, since he was indicating such even if Sen. Kennedy were to become a candidate. Developer Eddie Rispone (R) announced his candidacy some weeks ago and now we can expect to see many more individuals coming forward.
It now becomes unclear whether Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) will change his plans. He was yielding to Kennedy, thereby announcing for re-election. With candidate filing not occurring until next summer for the race that will culminate in October and November, much time remains for the field to solidify.
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