Charges then countercharges involving spies, prostitutes, terrorist and thugs have dominated the final stretch run of the raucous race for the governor of Louisiana that was until just recently, was expected to be a landslide win for David Vitter a Republican Senator.
The spies and prostitutes have been the main undoing of Vitter. His opponents have been running repeated ads about the Senator’s involvement in the call-girl scandal D.C. Madam and Vitter’s campaign was caught in a spying on a rival’s main donors in October.
That is also where the thugs for prison and terrorist enter the fray. In an appeal in the last minute prior to the election today, Vitter is hoping that he can portray his opponents Democrat John Bel Edwards as soft on crime as well as Syrian terrorists that will help to overcome what the polls are now showing as a huge deficit.
Voters might say there are finished with him, said a longtime political consultant in Louisiana.
Vitter has been victorious in seven consecutive elections and shown during his career the ability to do what is needed to win both for he and his allies.
In 2014, he pushed other contenders aside to help then Representative Bill Cassidy to a victory by 12 points to take away the seat of Mary Landrieu in the U.S. Senate. With that defeat, there are no Democrats currently holding a statewide office in the state.
In the race for governor, Vitter tried to cast his opponents as a state Representative with a background in the military as a liberal President of Obama clone.
In one ad on television, Vitter accused Edwards of favoring a release of more than 5,500 thugs as he called them from prisons in Louisiana.
Since the attacks in Paris last week, Vitter has played on the fears of voters that terrorist from Syria are posing as refugees that might head to Louisiana and accused Edwards of not being tough enough against them.