Our Views: Candidates have signed up for the louisiana governor’s race, now the work begins _lowres

Louisiana gubernatorial candidates speak at the Southeast Super Region Committee Gubernatorial Forum in New Orleans, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. From left to right, are: Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lieutenant Gov. Jay Dardenne, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-72nd Dist. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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.

Already, some are speculating that the move could be at least partially linked to fears of an unexpectedly competitive Louisiana governor’s race.

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.)

An article in Governing just last week had the RGA expressing optimism about winning all three governors races.