Another independent poll in the Louisiana governor’s race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards with a double-digit lead over Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
The University of New Orleans poll has Edwards, a state representative from Amite, with 56 percent of the vote to Vitter’s 34 percent.
“One surprising finding is the support for Edwards among white respondents who have tended to support Republican candidates in the recent past,” the poll’s summary notes.
The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center surveyed 600 likely voters statewide Nov. 2-8. The margin of error is 4 percent.
Edwards and Vitter face each other in a Nov. 21 runoff.
Other polls in the race have shown Edwards ahead and national forecasters are predicting a “tossup” in the race.