2019 Governor Polls: Democrats Lead in Louisiana and Kentucky, Mississippi May Be Close


An Independent Poll for the Governor’s race in Louisiana shows Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards with a lead over two Republicans for the October 12 jungle primary. The poll by Market Research Insight shows Edwards with 52% against 25% for Ralph Abraham and 19% for Eddie Rispone.  A candidate must receive over 50% to avoid a runoff on November 16.

In head to head races, Edwards leads Abraham 53% to 47%, and leads Rispone 55% to 45%. Cook’s Political Ratings has the Louisiana Governor’s race as lean Democratic.


In Mississippi, Democrat Jim Hood claims a slight lead against Republican Tate Reeves who just won the runoff for the Republican nomination for governor. The poll by Hickman Analytics was taken August 11-15 and is apparently a Democratic poll quoted by the Hood campaign.

Hood leads Tate Reeves 44%-41% among voters who say they definitely will vote and 43%-42% among all likely voters. The poll was conducted during the Republican runoff when the two Republican candidates were advertising heavily and receiving extensive media coverage.

Cook’s Political Ratings has Mississippi governor’s election as likely Republican.


In Kentucky, a poll by Democratic pollster Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, gave Democrat Andy Beshear a 48% to 39% lead over incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin. The poll was released August 26.

Cook’s Political Ratings rates the Kentucky governor’s race as a tossup.

Website 538 rates Market Research Insight at B+ with a Democratic lean of 0.1%. Garin-Hart-Yang Research is rated as B+ with a Democratic lean of 1.5%. Hickman Analytics is not rated by 538.

  • August 30, 2019