January 13, 2023 12:00pm

Who's going to run for Louisiana governor?

Our respondents favorite candidate hasn't even declared...yet.

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By Matthew Albright
Baton Rouge, LA Correspondent

Gov. John Bel Edwards is term limited in his final year of office, and the field to replace him is starting to take shape. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy recently announced that he wanted to stay in his current job; a lot of observers thought he would have been favored to win, so that decision could leave a wider range of candidates.

On the Republican side, Attorney General Jeff Landry was the first to announce, and Treasurer John Schroder has followed suit. After this poll launched, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announced he was not running.

On the Democratic side, transportation secretary Shawn Wilson has talked about running, and there are rumors state Democratic Party chair Katie Bernhardt could run too.

But our Power Poll Baton Rouge members' favorite candidate by a long shot is one who hasn't even said he's running yet: U.S. Rep. Garret Graves.

Our respondents think Graves, if he runs, has the best shot at the governor's mansion this year; they put Landry in second.

And when we asked which candidate they're most likely to personally support, it was Graves in a landslide.

Perhaps it's not surprising a Baton Rouge poll picked somebody who grew up in Baton Rouge and represents the city in Congress. But the margin here was very wide.

The overall choice of candidates for governor isn't impressing our respondents much; only 18% said they had a "favorable" or "very favorable" view of the overall field.

That might be because our respondents aren't happy about losing the governor they've already got: they gave overwhelmingly positive marks to Edwards.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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