Former President Donald Trump, who remains popular with Republicans in Louisiana, endorsed Attorney General Jeff Landry for governor.
“I endorse Attorney General Jeff Landry for governor,” Trump said in a video. “He was a great Attorney General. He wants to stop crime. I love you.”
Landry has been the front-running Republican in every early poll ever released, catching up with Republican competitors in fundraising.
Trump, who won Louisiana in both 2016 and 2020, still enjoys statewide support among Republicans.
A February poll, funded by Landry’s campaign and conducted by KA Consulting, showed the former president’s approval rating among Republicans at 78%.
Landry was the first to run for governor of Louisiana, securing the support of the Louisiana Republican Party early.
In his last campaign finance report, Landry had $6.3 million in cash on hand in his personal campaign account, an additional $1.5 million from the Political Action Committee supporting his candidacy, and more than $350,000 from the Louisiana Republican Party. I was.
Other Republicans who made the announcement include State Senator Sharon Hewitt. State Rep. Richard Nelson; State Treasurer John Schroeder. Former President of the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Stephen Wagespak was also Chief of Staff to former Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Former Louisiana Transportation Development Secretary Sean Wilson has solidified Democratic support so far, and Hunter Lundy, a wealthy and conservative independent trial attorney from Lake Charles, is also running.
Qualification for the October 14 primary is August 8-10.
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Greg Hilburn is in charge of state politics for the USA TODAY network in Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1..