Tuesday, November 07, 2006
By Mike Hasten
"Our numbers are surging," state Republican Party Chairman James Quinn said in a forum Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge. "Our get-out-the-vote effort will be unprecedented and unbelievable."
Quinn said the Republican Party is coming out in force nationwide and "a lot of districts that are leaning Democrat could very, very well turn out to be Republican."
Chris Whittington, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said Democrats are doing well in their races.In the Shreveport mayor's race pitting Democrat Cedric Glover and Republican Jerry Jones, the Democrats are enjoying a rare occurrence, Whittington said.
"For the first time, the mayor's race in Shreveport is over-funded," Whittington said. "We've raised far more money than we can spend."
Quinn said that with five of Louisiana's seven Congressmen and two more statewide officials (Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon) being Republicans, "the Republican Party is more unified, more organized than ever."