BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne officially announced his candidacy in the race to become Louisiana's next governor.
Dardenne joins a field of three who have been actively campaigning since last year in what has been described as a remarkably quiet race.
"It's been amazingly quiet and usually the governor's race started long before 6 1/2 months to go," said political analyst Jim Engster.
"We had a contested senate race that kind of sucked the oxygen out of the room. Because of that, I think these candidates have been holding their fire."
The so-called front runner in the race, Republican U.S. senator David Vitter, is said to have raised the most money at this point compared to another Republican in the race, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, and the lone democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards.
"Right now David Vitter is recognized as the front runner and the other candidates have to decide whether to attack each other hoping to get into a run-off with him or attack him with the hopes of defeating him," Engster said. "He has more money, he has more organization and he's never lost a race. He's going to be tough to beat."
Engster added that beating Vitter is not impossible.
The election is Saturday Oct. 24. with a possible run-off election set for Saturday Nov. 21.