Political Minute: September 22, 2016

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Congressman Charles Boustany  is closing the gap in the U.S. Senate Race. According to a statewide poll by Southern Media and Opinion Research Inc., Boustany is running an extremely close second to State Treasurer John Kennedy. Kennedy leads the crowded field with 17% with Boustany a mere two points behind at 15%.

Attorney Caroline Fayard came in third with 11% and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell came in fourth at 9%.

Congressman John Fleming rounded out the the top five with 8%.

That same poll found that the Republican candidate is favored in the runoff. When asked for whom they would vote if the runoff for U.S. Senator was between a Democrat and a Republican, 43% said they’d go Republican while 33% said they’d go Democrat.

Republicans support the Republican candidate with 85% of those polled going red. Meantime, 70% of Black Democrats polled support the Democratic candidate. White Democrats also tend to support the Democratic candidate more than the Republican candidate.

Governor John Bel Edwards is in Washington D.C. lobbying for federal aid for Louisiana’s flood-ravaged parishes.

According to nola.com, as of Thursday, Louisiana stands to get $500 million dollars in federal aid.

That’s a far cry from the $2.6 billion Governor Edwards had requested for to help pay for repairs to homes, roads, public buildings and future flood mitigation projects across parts of the state.

This is Edwards’ third trip in as many weeks to the nation’s capital seeking flood relief.

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