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Democratic Poll Has Carmouche Ahead in Louisiana

Caddo Parish District Attorney Paul Carmouche (D) was ahead of physician John Fleming (R) by 10 points in Louisiana’s 4th district election, according to internal polling released Monday afternoon by Carmouche’s campaign.

The initial matchup showed Carmouche with 45 percent and Fleming with 35 percent. Two third-party candidates garnered 4 percent, and 16 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

The Dec. 6 election is essentially the general election to decide who will replace retiring Rep. Jim McCrery (R) in the Shreveport-based district. The Bayou State pushed back its primary election calendar in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

Carmouche’s poll was conducted by the Kitchens Group on Nov. 6 and 7. The survey of 600 likely voters had a 4-point margin of error. As of Friday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $77,000 in independent expenditures on the race. The National Republican Congressional Committee went up with its first ad Monday in the race.

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