The Republican Governors Association has made what’s been described as a “huge” ad buy to target Democrat John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race.
According to Republicans who have been briefed on the RGA’s ad plan, the 1500 point buy will run for two weeks leading up to the Oct. 24 election.
RGA spokesman Jon Thompson did not immediately respond to The Advocate’s request for more details.
As previously reported, some have speculated that the RGA would become a player in Louisiana, which was previously thought to be a safe win for Republicans.
A recent poll 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, once the frontrunner, trailed all three other candidates in hypothetical runoff scenarios, including Democrat Edwards.
The RGA is laying down at least a million dollars to target Edwards, according to those briefed.
Edwards campaign sent an email to supporters referencing an state unspecified special interest group that plans to spend $1 million to attack him.