Is there any lesson learned for the next upcoming statewide election?
In discussing the recent Louisiana Treasurer’s race and the New Orleans elections, in particular, that was the question I posed during the interview I conducted with Louisiana Weekly political editor and WRNO Radio weekend talk show host Christopher Tidmore and John Couvillon of JMC Analytics and Polling of Louisiana.
The Louisiana Treasurer’s race could go down into history as a "most peculiar election”. Or, how about, Louisiana’s Rodney Dangerfield race? Or, both?
When looking back at Saturday’s match ultimately won by John Schroder against Derrick Edwards, Simon and Garfunkel's "Most Peculiar Man" crosses my mind. If anything, the race a "stranger than strange" competition. John Couvillon, one of the two panelists on Bayoubuzz's Facebook Live discussion this morning, has an interesting take. He looks at the race as the Rodney Dangerfield political clash, an election that simply got “no respect”.
Last night, John Schroder, now-Louisiana Treasurer-elect, won a convincing victory against Democrat Derrick Edwards in an election that had worse than an abysmal turnout. John Couvillon President and JMC Polling and Analytics published the following early Sunday morning on his website:
The 2017 election cycle in Louisiana has concluded with last night’s runoffs, and Republican former state representative John Schroder is now State Treasurer. However, his 56-44% victory was identical to the margin that Republican Bill Cassidy defeated Mary Landrieu in the 2014 runoffs. There was a unique set of circumstances at play leading to this identical result, which can be explained by these highlights gleaned from examination of unofficial precinct data:
Saturday, November 18 is election day for those few dedicated souls who will bother to go to the polls and vote.
The only statewide race on the ballot is the special election for state treasurer. There will be a smattering of local elections, such as for mayor of New Orleans and the Caddo Commission.
The special election for state treasurer is to replace John Kennedy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Surprised? Indeed. Well, how about, somewhat shocked!
This morning, I discovered that LaToya Cantrell is ahead of Desiree Charbonnet by a whopping 18 points, according to a research firm LJR Custom Strategies on behalf of the local branch of a national education reform organization, Democrats for Education Reform.
Indeed, the New Orleans Mayor’s race just got a lot more interesting.
The issue is—not whether the city’s education system is adequate, or how to improve our economic development deficiencies or whether we have money for pumping water.
No. Right now, for one candidate who is now running commercials--the focus should be on credit cards, belated payments for personal expenses and potential violations of law.
While the Louisiana Treasurer’s race did not light up the voter’s interest, yielding a roughly 13.5 percent turnout, there is a very interesting story to be told from one of the individuals involved in the election process.
John Couvillon, polled for Angele Davis’s unsuccessful run. She was one of three Republican candidate who was trying to garner her share of the 65 to 70 percent of the vote that would be likely be split up between the three conservative candidates which included John Schroder and Neil Riser.
Remember the old joke that the Louisiana Republican Party was so small, it could hold its meetings in a phone booth?
Lots have changed since then. The Party has become dominant in the very conservative state.
Well, shockingly and unfortunately, let's update the funny. Based upon yesterday's turnout, pull out the phone booth. It's needed.
Despite a horrible turnout, there were some winners.
At the top of the ticket, Democrat Attorney Derrick Edwards and Republican former State Representative John Schroder prevailed in the Louisiana State treasurer's race. The New Orleans Mayor's race also produced a runoff, between two black women, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet.
What happened to Angele Davis and US President Donald Trump?
I did not hear a single comment or word naming the President in the recent black-targeted “Angele for Treasurer” promotion. The election for Statewide position of state treasurer is tomorrow.