Candidates weigh in on Exclusive Gubernatorial Poll

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Governor John Bel Edwards, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone are responding to a new exclusive Gray Television poll ahead of this weekend's election.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone responded to a new exclusive Gray Television poll ahead of this weekend's election. (Source: KNOE)

According to the poll, Gov. Edwards comfortably leads his two chief Republican rivals, Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham, with five days left to the primary election.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy on behalf of the six Louisiana Gray Television stations, shows Incumbant Edwards at 45 percent, Rispone at 22 percent, and Abraham at 17 percent. The poll of 625 of registered voters has a margin of error of 4 percent. All of the voters polled said they were likely to vote in the Saturday Oct. 12 election. Ten percent of those polled were undecided.

Gov. Edwards responded to those numbers saying, “Those numbers have been very consistent for many weeks now, and it’s also so consistent with the reception that I get as I travel across the country.”

We reached out to both Abraham and Rispone for their reaction.

Abraham’s campaign team submitted a response to the poll by saying, “This is a silly poll that doesn’t reflect where we know this race is. We're winning, we will be in the run-off with John Bel, and everyone else will know it soon enough.”

Rispone’s team also sent us a response by saying, “It's clear that the people of Louisiana are sick and tired of liberal career politicians who will say and do anything get elected. It's time to elect someone different if we expect a different outcome. Let's elect someone like President Trump, a conservative, an outsider, and a businessman, who has the real experience to turn this state around. Let's finally do for Louisiana what President Trump has done for the nation."

The Gray Louisiana stations will air The Final Debate for Governor Wednesday Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. You can see the debate live on KNOE-TV.