Political science professor says Edwards has the advantage in the runoff

Political science professor Josh Stockley said he thinks the incumbent governor has the...
Political science professor Josh Stockley said he thinks the incumbent governor has the advantage in the November 16th runoff. Source: (KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Oct. 16, 2019 at 6:04 PM CDT
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Political science professor Josh Stockley said he thinks the incumbent governor has the advantage in the November 16th runoff.

Congressman Ralph Abraham endorsed Rispone in the general election. However, Stockley said Rispone may have trouble integrating Abraham's supporters into his own voter base.

"They do not appreciate the way Rispone treated Representative Abraham," said Stockley. "He went negative, and I think that turned off a lot of Republicans."

He said that Gov. Edwards is in a much better position.

"He doesn't need to change minds. He mathematically is in a position where he can win simply by reminding his voters to show up and vote again," said Stockley.

However, he said Edwards shouldn't get too comfortable.

"You can't relax, you can't presume that you're the actual favorite because it's all a matter of who shows up to vote. If your 51, 52, 53 percent don't show up to vote, you're going to lose this election," said Stockley.

Our pre-primary Gray TV poll asked voters who they would vote for in a run-off between Edwards and Rispone. With a margin of error of 4%, Edwards received 51% of the vote, with Rispone at 42% and 7% undecided.

Edwards' team said their own internal polls reflected similar results, a sign they say points to voters support "moving forward with Gov. Edwards."

Rispone's team they're confident they'll be able to gather Abraham voter's support to turn the state red.