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Campbell Outraises Kennedy

A poll found Kennedy leading Campbell 52% to 38%.

Dec. 5, 2016, 9:51 a.m.

State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) raised almost $1.6 million from Oct. 20-Nov. 20 and heads into the final stretch of the campaign with $1.3 million in the bank. Over the same period, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D) raised $2.5 million and now has $1.4 million in his campaign account. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

SURVEY SAYS. A South­ern Me­dia Opin­ion and Re­search poll (Nov. 28-30; 500 LVs; 4.4%) found Kennedy at 52% and Campbell at 38%. (The Hill)

AD WARS. “Republicans are still outspending Democrats on television in the state. With Kennedy's own funds, the Ending Spending Action super PAC and a coordinated buy between Kennedy and the NRSC, Republican groups spent about $524,000 on TV last week. Campbell and his allies have spent just $307,000. And the NRSC’s independent expenditure arm is spending about $10,000 on radio advertisements in the state starting on Monday, according to a media-buying source.” (Politico)

BY THE NUMBERS. Early voting has now ended in the runoff. “Just over 171,000 people showed up statewide, a far cry from the roughly 257,000 that showed up for the 2015 general election.” (KSLA)

It “was 67% less than it was after seven days of primary early voting, and 33% less than it was for the 2015 statewide runoffs. … As of yesterday, the top three early voting parishes were East Baton Rouge (22,072 early votes), Orleans (14,790), and St Tammany (13,817). … In addition to the low turnout, Democrats were a smaller portion of the early voting electorate than in the primary, although they did enjoy a late surge in the last two days of early voting: the racial composition of early voters was 74-24% white/black, which was fairly close to the primary figures (with the Presidential race on the ballot) of 68-27% white/black. Republicans were also a larger proportion of early voters than in previous election cycles.” (JMC Analytics and Polling)

STAYING OUT. “Though Camp­bell’s bid in the Dec. 10 run­off rep­res­ents the last chance for Demo­crats to score a win in 2016, na­tion­al en­vir­on­ment­al groups aren’t en­gaged. Al­though he’s been en­dorsed by the Si­erra Club, oth­er ma­jor groups aren’t spend­ing to sup­port his bid. … Camp­bell may be will­ing to chal­lenge the oil and gas in­dustry, but what passes for a fossil-fuel en­emy in Louisi­ana isn’t even close to what en­vir­on­ment­al groups want to see.” (National Journal)

ON BOARD. At a rally Saturday in New Orleans, Vice President-elect Pence stumped for Kennedy. Pence: "President-elect asked me to come down to make it clear to the people of Louisiana that President-elect Donald Trump and I support John Kennedy as your next senator 100 percent.” (KNOE)

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