All four of the leading candidates in the race to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal are expected to take part in the first major debate of the campaign — one which will air live from the studios of WDSU TV.
The Commitment 2015 event will be moderated by WDSU News anchor Scott Walker.
Expected to participate are U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, all Republicans; State Rep. John Bel Edwards and attorney Cary Deaton, who are Democrats; and Rev. Jeremy Odom, who is not affiliated with any party.
Polls have shown Vitter and Edwards leading, with Angelle and Dardenne each trailing by double-digit margins. The two highest-finishing candidates will advance to a runoff unless one candidate can secure in excess of 50 percent of the vote.
That’s highly unlikely, according to analysts, meaning the Oct. 24 “jungle primary” will likely serve as the first in a two-round battle, with the top candidates meeting head-to-head in a Nov. 21 runoff.
The WDSU debate will address a wide range of topics central to the role of the governor. In addition to the live broadcast on WDSU TV, it will be distributed on television stations and websites across Louisiana, including a livestream on WDSU.com and the WDSU mobile app.
Jindal, who is running for president in the waning months of his second term, has become a target of all of the major candidates for governor. His successor will inherit a problematic budget and a higher education system that some have put at crisis levels. (From WDSU.com)