GOP voters flock to La. polls; A blow to Landrieu?

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Nov. 18, 2014
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Nov. 18, 2014 AP

Republicans are voting heavily in early Louisiana voting, another potential blow to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s chances of winning another term, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

“The number of people who cast their ballots early in Louisiana dropped off from the Nov. 4 primary election to the Dec. 6 runoff election in every statewide category except one: registered Republican voters,” said reporter Julia O’Donoghue.

Landrieu, a Democrat, is vying with Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in Saturday’s runoff. Cassidy is a strong favorite, but Landrieu has a history of winning close elections.

But early numbers don’t look good for her. reported about 85,900 registered Republicans headed for the polls last week, up about 3,000 from early voters before last month’s election.

The number of registered Democrats was down about 18 percent from the primary to the runoff.

One cautionary note, reported: “Experts have warned against reading too much into early voting statistics. Early voting periods tend to attract political activists, chronic voters and the elderly. It doesn't appeal to voters who are undecided or don't feel strongly about whom they are going to support.”

It also reported Democrats found black voters, who tend to vote Democratic, voted heavily Saturday, the last day of early voting.