The Republican Governors Association has pulled the plug on TV ads promoting the Kentucky Republican in the competitive governor’s race in the Blue Grass State with little more than a month left in the campaign, the Associated Press reportedMonday.
A new poll out this week from The Advocate/WWL found Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards tied at 24 percent a month out from the Oct. 24 primary. Republicans Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne trailed with 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively. A Nov. 21 runoff will be held if, as expected, no candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote the first time around.
The poll found Vitter trailed all three other candidates in hypothetical runoff scenarios, including Democrat Edwards.
Republican Governors Association spokesman Jon Thompson did not immediately respond to The Advocate’s request for comment or more information on Tuesday.
He told The AP the group is “re-evaluating what is best for us to do.”
Louisiana and Kentucky are among just three states holding gubernatorial elections this year — the other being Mississippi, where incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant faces an all-but-guaranteed win against a little-known truck driver and political novice named Robert Gray on the general election ballot. (Gray reportedly did not even vote for himself in the primary.)