Before November 24th, nearly every political expert agreed: John Bel Edwards couldn’t win.
“He’s a Democrat running in a state and a time where nobody believes a Democrat can win statewide,” Edwards’ campaign strategist Jared Arsement said was what they were told, over and over,
He was among the campaign insiders who gathered with political experts at LSU last week, for a debriefing on how Edwards won – and David Vitter lost – the Louisiana governorship. Mary Patricia Wray with the Edwards campaign admitted it was a seemingly impossible task.
“One of the first polls that we ever ran showed the Governor-elect at, I think, seven or eight percent name recognition. And we of course all sat around and said, ‘Well this great. We have so much room to grow’,” Wray recounted with a laugh. “But the same poll that told us nobody knew who we were also showed us that we had a very narrow, but a very clear path to winning.”