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ne week to go until the congressional elections. Here in Louisiana, we also have a runoff for lieutenant governor and some constitutional amendments.

Election officials will be hoping to see a bigger turnout. For the primaries, election observers considered turnout to be on the low end. Political analyst Clancy DuBos thinks the numbers will come up this time around.

“I definitely think turnout will be higher on November 2nd than it was for the separate party primaries,” said DuBos.

Political analyst Clancy DuBos:



Louisiana’s brief experiment with closed party primaries for federal elections and open primaries for all other races ends with this election cycle. Splitting elections seemed to hurt turnout so lawmakers decided earlier in 2010 to return to an open primary for all races.

“The low turnout in the party primaries, historically, is what led to the Louisiana legislature earlier this year to do away with separate primaries in federal elections,” DuBos said.

As the political races near their conclusion, DuBos thinks negative ads will become more noticeable. DuBos says politicians used the scale back their negative stuff as campaigns wind down, but now it seems to be all-negative, all the time. The public says they don’t like it, but it also seems to work. Why is that?

“Well, it’s sort of like people going to an auto race,” is how DuBos sees it. “They go to see the race, but they also go to see the crash.”

DuBos says a candidate can go too negative, and have it backfire on the campaign, although it doesn’t seem to have happened in this campaign, not even Senator David Vitter’s criticized “illegal immigrants” ad.

“It’s an ad that he ran, and even after he got criticized, he continued running it, so obviously, he believes in it,” said DuBos.

DuBos’ publication, Gambit, is endorsing Vitter’s Democratic opponent, Charlie Melancon.