It has been presumed for some time that Sen. John Kennedy (R) will challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) in next year’s Louisiana gubernatorial campaign. And, it appears that we will know definitively by the end of this week. Reports are that Sen. Kennedy will likely announce his intention on Friday. All indications are the Senator will run, and it is believed that he will not draw major Republican opposition should he choose to enter the race. Developer Eddie Ripsone is already in the Republican race, and Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Alto/Monroe/Alexandria) is expected to run, but may not if the Senator becomes a candidate.
Early polling suggests that Sen. Kennedy would force Gov. Edwards into a run-off, and appears well positioned to defeat him in a such a subsequent campaign.
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