Poll: Democrats Want La. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) Primaried - Because He's Pro-Life

Louisiana's Donna and Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). Screen grab via a 2015 Edwards campaign ad.
Donna and John Bel Edwards.
Louisiana’s Donna and Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). Screen grab via a 2015 Edwards campaign ad.

The Democrat purging of pro-life liberals continues.

The latest example comes from Louisiana, where a recent poll shows that young Democrats in the state want their Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards primaried – because he’s pro-life.


The Free Beacon reports:

A poll of registered Democratic voters conducted by We Ask America just days after the [fetal heartbeat] bill was signed into law found that 81 percent of respondents were already aware of Edwards’s decision, with a whopping 92 percent of young registered voters saying they knew about the legislation. Unsurprisingly, 60 percent of respondents said they opposed his abortion stance, including 80 percent of young voters.

Many are so displeased with Edwards that they want him to pay for his abortion stance with a primary challenge, the poll found. Forty-two percent of Democrats and 64 percent of young Democrats said they would like another Democratic candidate to be on the ballot in October.


The Free Beacon reported last week that Democrats in the state legislature are aware of the political problem the abortion issue causes Edwards and made a “strategic decision” to delay a major abortion ballot initiative.

It’s unclear how many of those same Democrats know the reason why Edwards is pro-life:

The Democrat’s anti-abortion stance stems from his wife’s pregnancy nearly 30 years ago. A doctor discovered their daughter, Samantha, had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion, but the couple refused.

Samantha is now married and works as a school counselor, according to the outlet.

“In eight years in the legislature, I was a pro-life legislator, 100 percent with the Louisiana Right to Life,” Edwards said during a Thursday press conference. “When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent.”


Per Wikipedia, the Louisiana gubernatorial primary will be held on October 12, 2019 under what’s called a “jungle primary” system:

Under Louisiana’s jungle primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party, and voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote during the primary election on October 12, 2019, a runoff election will be held on November 16, 2019, between the top two candidates in the primary.[1]

Polling from a month ago showed Edwards well ahead of the two Republicans challenging him, but per The Hill “[Edwards] has not yet secured a threshold that would allow him to avoid a runoff.”

That poll was also taken before Edwards signed the fetal heartbeat bill into law.

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–



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