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Edwards Cuts Ad for Campbell

A new poll shows Kennedy up by 20 points.

Dec. 6, 2016, 9:52 a.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) appears in a new TV ad for Democrat Foster Campbell ahead of the Dec. 10 Senate runoff. In the spot, which is running statewide, Edwards says Campbell will "stand with the new president when he's right for Louisiana but has the courage to say no when he's wrong." He adds that Campbell could be the deciding vote in the Senate against cuts to Social Security and Medicare. (release)

BY THE NUMBERS. A poll conducted by Tulane University and Lucid (Nov. 8-18; 960 respondents) found state Treasurer John Kennedy (R) leading Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D) 60% to 40%. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

AD SPENDING. Republicans have "abig advantage in TV and radio spending in the Senate race. ... Over the past week, Kennedy and ESAFund have spent over $690,000 over the last week to about $434,000 for Campbell and his Defend Louisiana PAC. And over the next week before the Dec. 10 election, Republicans have $904,000 worth of TV ads booked already to Democrats' $417,000." (Politico)

"The NRSC is out with a new ad attacking ... Campbell over his support for Obamacare and other issues. ... The minute-long radio ad is backed by a small buy. It opens by attacking Campbell over Obamacare, then moves on to energy issues and concludes by labeling the public service commissioner 'another Hillary Clinton, Obamacare-loving, energy-taxing liberal Louisiana doesn't need.'" (Politico)

ON BOARD. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Kennedy over Campbell.

Rob Engstrom, national political director of the U.S. Chamber. "Kennedy has a clear record of fighting for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. In Washington, he will continue to be an advocate for Louisiana by championing job creation and economic growth and getting government and regulations out of the way so free enterprise can lead." (release)

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