Though House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Slidell) has several times indicated he is not planning to run for Governor this year, political speculation continues that he may well reverse course and enter the jungle primary against incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). Late last week the situation clarified as Mr. Scalise again reiterated that he is “not running for Governor.”
Many Louisiana Republican leaders reportedly feel the party needs a stronger candidate than the two announced entries, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Alto/Monroe) and developer Eddie Rispone. GOP strategists are unhappy, for example, that Rep. Abernathy reported raising less than $400,000 before the end of last year.
A key time will be the next financial disclosure deadline on April 15th. Expect the GOP to search to recruit a new candidate should Abernathy and Rispone not improve. Louisiana state candidates must file on or before August 8th. The jungle primary will be held October 12th. If no contender receives an absolute majority that day, a run-off between the top two finishers will be conducted on November 16th.
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