Opinion: Lou Gehrig Burnett – 13% could vote for Duke

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13% could vote for Duke

A survey conducted by the University of New Orleans Research Center (UNO) reveals that 13% of respondents said they could vote for former Klansman and Republican David Duke in the U.S. Senate primary election on November 8.
UNO surveyed 614 likely voters on July 27-28. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.95%.

While 13% does not sound like a lot of support, it could be significant when one considers there will be nine Republicans on the ballot splitting up the GOP vote in the primary.
The four Republican candidates considered the most viable are state Treasurer John Kennedy, U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming, and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness.

And, as one politico pointed out, if 13% were willing to tell a stranger that they would vote for Duke, the number is likely higher when you consider those who would not reveal that information. The 13% has to be considered hard-core Duke supporters.
Duke, according to the poll, gets most of his support in the Fifth Congressional District where 24% said they could vote for Duke. That district encompasses parishes in northeast and north central Louisiana.

A whopping 84% of respondents said they would never vote for Duke. Even if by some quirk of fate Duke would wind up in the runoff against a Democrat, only 16% of respondents said they would vote for him. Among Republicans polled, 23% said they would support Duke over a Democrat candidate.

Interestingly, the survey reveals that Duke gets most of his support from the age group 18 to 29 where 21% of those surveyed in that age group said they could vote for Duke. In the age group 30 to 49, the support for Duke was 18%.
The big question is who will Duke hurt the most with his name on the ballot. The consensus seems to be that he would take votes away from the two candidates regarded as most conservative – Fleming and Maness.

The UNO survey reveals that 15% of Republicans surveyed said they could vote for Duke, while 10% of Democrats said they could. Among Other Party voters, 12% said they could vote for Duke.

Obviously, Duke has changed the dynamics of the U.S. Senate race with his entry into the fray. Republican Party leaders are trying to decide how to deal with him. And he poses a problem for forum organizers, who have to decide who will be included.
All parties are anxiously awaiting the first independent poll to see where everyone stands.

Duke’s bold prediction

U.S. Senate candidate David Duke is trying to latch onto the coattails of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to enhance his candidacy.
Granted, Trump’s coattails seem to be on the short side nationally, but perhaps a bit longer in the red state of Louisiana where Trump is predicted to capture the state’s eight electoral votes.

In a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Duke boldly predicted that Trump backers in Louisiana would support his U.S. Senate run.
He also stated that he is 100% behind Trump’s agenda, adding, “As a United States senator, nobody will be more supportive of his legislative agenda, his Supreme Court agenda, then I will.”

The interview took place on NPR’s Morning Edition and was conducted by Steve Inskeep.
In the interview, the former Klansman and white supremacist told Inskeep the his campaign has already polled Trump supporters in Louisiana and that he feels confident he will carry 75 to 80% of the voters who will cast their ballot for Trump.
Duke claimed that there is a massive racist, racial discrimination against European-Americans and a very vicious anti-white narrative in the media. Hollywood, he noted, is not controlled by European-Americans.

When Inskeep asked if he was referring to Jews, Duke responded, “Well, they’re from the Middle East; that’s not European.”

Duke concluded the interview when Inskeep asked, “You thin Trump voters are your voters?” by saying, “Well, of course they are! Because I represent the ideas of preserving this country and the heritage of this country, and I think Trump represents that as well.”

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.