(Nola.com) – If early voting statistics are any indication, Orleans Parish is not excited about the gubernatorial election or any other race on the ballot Saturday (Oct. 24).
While early voting participation for the primary was around 7.7 percent across the state last week, it was just 5.2 percent in Orleans Parish. Statewide, early voting has dropped significantly from the 2014 U.S. Senate primary — down by 10 percent. But in Orleans Parish, that drop was a whopping 47 percent for the eight-day early voting period.
Local politicians say this is because the campaigns, particularly the statewide races, haven’t courted the New Orleans vote. The gubernatorial candidates aren’t speaking to issues of particular importance to people in Orleans, and there hasn’t been significant outreach to the large African-American community there, according to people active in New Orleans politics.
“None of the candidates are trying to engage New Orleans whatsoever,” said state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans. “No one has spent a dime in New Orleans.”
But what happened in liberal Orleans Parish is echoed in other core constituencies of the Democratic Party. Black voter turnout, for example, was significantly lower than overall early voting response.
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