New poll from Democrat-leaning pollster: John Bel Edwards, David Vitter in lead for Louisiana governor’s race _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Representative John Bel Edwards and U.S. Senator David Vitter shake hands before a debate at the New Orleans Jazz Market in New Orleans, La. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

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A new poll out this week that was paid for by an anti-David Vitter group and released nationally, puts Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican Vitter in the lead in the Louisiana governor’s race.

The poll, which Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling conducted on behalf of the anti-Vitter GumboPAC, found Edwards in the lead with 28 percent to Vitter’s 27 percent. Republicans Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne trailed with 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

According to PPP, it surveyed 616 likely voters on Sept. 21-22. The margin of error is 4 percent.

PPP, which is known for its polling throughout the country, has promoted its latest poll on social media and its website, calling Vitter “badly damaged” and “highly vulnerable.” It’s the first poll the firm has conducted on this year’s gubernatorial race in Louisiana.

Read the full poll results and crosstabs here.

The Advocate has reached out to the Vitter campaign for comment.