NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two new polls put Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards well ahead of Republican opponent David Vitter.
The Market Research poll gives Edwards a seven-point edge over Vitter, while the UNO poll has Vitter trailing the Democrat by 22 points.
UNO researchers found nearly one-third of conservatives plan to vote for Edwards and almost half of the people who voted for Scott Angelle or Jay Dardenne in the primary plan to cross party lines and vote for Edwards.
"It's very clear the battle ground right now in this election is for voters who identify themselves as conservatives who traditionally cast ballots for Republicans, but who are right now saying, particularly women in this subset, they're gonna vote for John Bel Edwards," FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman said. "That's the battle right now. John Bel needs to hold over 30 percent of the white vote, right now he's over 40 percent."
The polls also looked into the lieutenant governor's race and found two very different results.
The Market Research poll gives Democratic candidate Kip Holden a 12-point lead over Republican Billy Nungesser, while UNO still has the Republican polling higher with a 10-point edge on Holden.
"If there's any doubt that Election Day is gonna be an exciting one, we've got a hot governor's race with polling numbers that no one could have predicted, and we've got a really hot lieutenant governor's race as well. This is going to be a really exciting election night, and we might stay up late to count the vote," Sherman said.
Early voting is underway and ends Saturday evening.