Tough news but not unexpected news for Democrats in Louisiana, the strongest gubernatorial candidate on the Democratic Party side has made it official, he will not be a candidate for governor this fall. Mitch Landruieu, the current mayor of New Orleans and brother to former Senator Mary Landrieu, will not seek the nomination for the open governor seat that has Governor Bobby Jindal term-limited and current Senator David Vitter is the clear favorite to win the GOP nomination and most polls find Vitter with a wide lead over all Democratic candidates.
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The recent endorsement of the Louisiana Democratic Party for state Rep. John Bel Edwards as its choice to succeed Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was seen as an indication Landrieu wouldn’t run.
On Monday, the Democratic mayor, who scores high in public opinion polls, made it official.
“I have been blessed to become the mayor of what I consider to be the greatest city in America at a time when she has the greatest need and the greatest opportunity to leap forward,” Landrieu said. “We have made tremendous progress … but we have a very long way to go. And because of that, I don’t intend to be a candidate for governor in this fall’s election.”
But he told reporters following a lunchtime speech at the Baton Rouge Press Club that if he did run, he could win.