Just four years after former Klan leader David Duke galvanized Louisiana with a close run for governor, people woke up Sunday to a new political day - a runoff that includes a candidate seeking to become the state’s first black chief executive since Reconstruction.
Experts gave U.S. Rep. Cleo Fields virtually no chance of winning the governor’s mansion when he faces state Sen. Mike Foster on Nov. 18. But Fields surprised them Saturday when he came in second to Foster in an open primary field of 16, including a former governor, the lieutenant governor and the state treasurer.
Foster came from back of the pack himself, knocking out former Gov. Buddy Roemer, the other conservative Republican, who had led in all the polls until the final week. Roemer had been expected to be a shoo-in for the runoff.
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.