Sherman: Trump comments could play a role in Senate race

Sherman: Trump comments could play a role in Senate race

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's a crowded field in the Louisiana Senate race, where more than two dozen candidates fight for Senator David Vitter's seat in Washington and now some candidates are commenting on the Presidential race after Republican candidate Donald Trump was heard making comments about groping women during a 2005 taping.

FOX 8 Political Analyst Mike Sherman said the controversy has the electorate looking to local candidates for their take on Trump's comments.

"He's the standard bearer of the party right now, he's on top of the ticket and what we're seeing right now, in Louisiana and nationally, is Republicans running away from their presidential nominee because of these comments," Sherman said.

Already, two current US Representatives who are running for senate in Louisiana, Charles Boustany and John Fleming, are criticizing the comments on twitter.

Boustany tweeted:

Fleming tweeted:

While senate candidate Rob Maness seems to take a different approach attacking his opponents instead of Trump, tweeting:

"We've seen some distance from the candidate as a whole, withdraw their endorsements, we're actually seeing some, like Maness trying to stand by the candidate and carve out that niche of the voting block, the still always Trump voters, for him," Sherman said

The two leading Democratic candidates in the senate race both denounced Trump's comments.

In a tweet, Caroline Fayard made no bones about her feelings on Trump:

And Foster Campbell tweeted:

But Sherman said those condemnations aren't as shocking as what's coming from across the aisle.

"The only challenge for these Democratic senatorial candidates is who can break out the dictionary and find a stronger word to show that they're angry at Donald Trump for what he said," Sherman said.

Still, the distance growing in Trump's own party could benefit Republicans in Senate and Congress races, as conservative voters look to build a strong check against a possible Clinton presidency.

"If you don't like Hillary Clinton, but you think she's going to be president, Congress might be your safety to try and keep a divided government with checks and balances in place," Sherman said.

After the comments were released Donald Trump released a statement apologizing.

"I've said and done things I regret and the words released on this decade old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize," Trump said.

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