Democrats See Possible Win In Louisiana Gubernatorial Runoff
Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards is polling well in the race against Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Edwards is on record as supportive of the health law's Medicaid expansion.
Democrats See Rare Chance To Win Governor Race In Republican Stronghold Of Louisiana
Edwards, an anti-abortion, pro-gun rights fiscal moderate, heads into Saturday's runoff election with a substantial lead in the polls over his Republican opponent, U.S. Senator David Vitter, in a race showcasing Louisiana's famed bare-knuckles politics. ... A former Army Ranger and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he touts strong ratings from the National Rife Association and the anti-abortion Louisiana Right to Life Federation. On fiscal issues, he calls himself moderate. Edwards would favor expanding Medicaid coverage for the poor under President Barack Obama's health care law. (11/17)
And in Virginia, the sitting lieutenant governor announces he will run for the state's top job in 2017 -
The Washington Post:
Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Makes It Official: He’s Seeking State’s Top Job
Despite his moderate style, Northam hits on some hot-button issues in his announcement, including abortion and expanding access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Democrats are likely to play up partisan issues in an effort to turn out voters in the off-year gubernatorial election. (Vozzella, 11/17)