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John Kennedy’s path to Louisiana governor? It’s far from clear; here’s why

In Louisiana, we call ourselves an open primary state, although political scientists would argue that is not the precise nomenclature for an election without party primaries. Paying a qualifying fee is all that it takes to run for office, even governor, the seat of fabled figures like Huey P. Long and Edwin W. Edwards.

Given the quality of candidates we get, sometimes, one might argue that the qualifying fee is too darn low.

But from the standpoint of political management, it’s an all-comers game. That means that even as a sitting governor and the only Democrat of that stature in the Deep South, John Bel Edwards cannot be entirely sure that some troublemaker of his own party will not jump in come qualifying time next fall.

Realistically, the only and remote fear that Edwards might have is of a challenge from a disgruntled African-American politician, who might draw from the incumbent votes that he would typically get as the lone Democrat in the 2019 primary election.

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The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (known before 2006 as LIOGA) was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. Our primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana.

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