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Political Analyst: Dardenne, Angelle not likely to endorse either gubernatorial candidate

John Bel Edwards and David Vitter John Bel Edwards and David Vitter
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Normally those who don't make the runoff turn around and support the candidate in their party who did.

However, political analyst Jim Engster said that will likely not be the cast in this race, which might explain some of the poll numbers from the past couple days. 

Jay Dardenne's campaign has said he will not be endorsing anyone in the governor's race, and Scott Angelle's team said he has been focusing on his family and thanking supporters. 

An endorsement from the losing candidates is usually enough to swing things, but in this case both Angelle and Dardenne's words during the campaign are being used against David Vitter. 

Engster said this was Vitter's campaign to lose and that may just be the case.

"It's been an amazing turnaround in the span of about a month," said Engster. "We've gone from a foregone conclusion that if David Vitter got Jon Bel Edwards in a runoff he would lose. He got the race he wanted and now it appears that he is in dire trouble of losing not only this race, but being in jeopardy of losing next year if he decides to run for re-election of the Senate."

Both candidates have gotten several other endorsements from big groups in the past few days and more are expected. 

The runoff election is set for November 21 with early voting starting Saturday, November 7.

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