Edwards, after eight years in prison, leads poll in House bid
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[June 21, 2014]
By Lisa Bose McDermott
SHREVEPORT La. (Reuters) - Former
Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who served eight years in prison for
racketeering, leads a crowded field for a November open primary in his
bid for a U.S. House of Representatives seat but trails head-to-head
against two rivals he could face in a runoff, according to a new poll.
The 86-year-old Democrat, who was released from prison in 2011, is
vying for the Baton Rouge-area House seat now held by Republican
Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
An open primary, with candidates from all parties, will be held on
Nov. 4, with a runoff set for December pitting the top two
vote-getters if no candidate exceeds 50 percent.
Edwards led all candidates in the open primary with the support of
32 percent of 687 respondents questioned on Tuesday in the survey by
pollster Darrell Glascock of the Glascock Group released on
Thursday. His two nearest rivals, tied at 16 percent, were
Republican entrepreneur Paul Dietzel and Republican state senator
The poll showed Edwards trailing both Dietzel and Claitor by 14
percentage points head-to-head when pitted in a possible runoff
The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Edwards, who has maintained his innocence over charges that he asked
for payoffs from riverboat casino license applicants while governor
in the 1990s, has said improving access to health insurance for
Louisiana residents is a priority.
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He has criticized current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a
Republican, for refusing to accept expanded Medicaid coverage in the
state through the 2010 healthcare law signed by President Barack
Obama, a Democrat.
Edwards served four terms as governor, winning elections for the
post in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Prior to that, he served three
terms in the House.
(Writing by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Will Dunham)
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