Edwin Edwards polling in 6th District race

eweslideWhether or not former Gov. Edwin Edwards is seriously considering running for Congress, some of his allies have commissioned a poll to gauge his strength in the 6th District race this fall.

While not disclosing the results, pollster Verne Kennedy has confirmed for LaPolitics that he conducted the survey on behalf of several friends of Edwards, including former aide Bob d'Hemecourt.

The poll was in the field during the second week of January.

Edwards, a Democrat, did not respond to an email for comment and d'Hemecourt could not be reached.

Recently, Edwards, 86, said he was being encouraged to run by old supporters but he would not set a timetable for making a decision on a possible campaign.

The seat is being vacated by Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, who has announced his candidacy for this year’s Senate race where incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is running for re-election.

So far there are only two Democrats who have filed the required federal paperwork to run in the 6th District, including real estate broker Richard Lieberman of LaPlace and Capital Area United Way campaign manager Quentin Anthony Anderson of Baton Rouge.

Meanwhile, four Baton Rouge Republicans have filed paperwork including tea party columnist Bob Bell, state Sen. Dan Claitor, entrepreneur Paul Dietzel and attorney Cassie Felder.

This story first appeared in Issue 965 of LaPolitics Weekly on Jan. 16. If you wish you would have read it then, subscribe now!

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