Louisiana backers of Clinton, Trump prepare for battle

Published: Jun. 8, 2016 at 10:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump prepare to do battle to win the state for their candidate in November.

On Tuesday, Clinton clinched the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. She becomes the first female candidate to win enough delegates to be the nominee of a major political party in this country.

"Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone," said Clinton.

Trump's winning ways during the primary season cleared the field of other Republican presidential candidates weeks ago. He is not waiting to go after Clinton.

"The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves," Trump said Tuesday.

New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett is a delegate to the Democratic Party's national convention this summer, and he is also a pledged delegate for Clinton.

"Secretary Clinton is a fighter, a crusader that continues to break down ceilings, and it's good for America," Brossett said.

State Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta is co-chairman of the Trump for President Louisiana campaign.

'We're very positive about the Trump campaign, and he's really drawing back to the Republican Party the independents and what people know as the Reagan Democrats," said Skrmetta.

Supporters of both candidates believe their agendas will benefit the people of Louisiana.

"He is a keen leader in a way to reform the economy to get people back to work," said Skrmetta, who thinks Trump will be good for the oil and gas industry which has suffered thousands of job losses in Louisiana after the fall of oil prices.

"He's already demonstrated that in his speeches in South Dakota and in North Dakota that he understands that the United States can be energy independent, but that means we have to harvest our energy, we have to get there," Skrmetta said.

Brossett believes Clinton's agenda will resonate strongly with voters here.

"I think she will speak to the issues facing not only New Orleans and Louisiana, but to the rest of the country - economic issues dealing with equal pay, comprehensive background checks on weapons, and also think from what college graduates are going through as it relates to borrowing money for tuition," Brossett said.

Though there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state, in recent years Democrats have found it hard to carry the state in presidential contests.

Mitt Romney won Louisiana against Barack Obama.

"I think Louisiana will be a red state, it'll be Republican-voting state," said Skrmetta.

But Louisiana Democrats believe their candidate has a chance to win over a majority of the voters.

"I think the focus right now should be getting with Senator Sanders' supporters," Brossett said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is outmatched in the delegate count, but he has not dropped out of the race. We reached out to the Sanders camp in Louisiana for comment, but no one responded.

Louisiana has eight electoral votes.

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