Commentary: Short campaign cycle favors incumbents

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Posted on September 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

With qualifying for the fall elections underway, Eyewitness News Political Analyst Clancy DuBos is taking a closer look at the process. His commentary focuses on the one-sidedness of this part of the election process and how some candidates may benefit from the timing.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- In political circles, this week is put up or shut up time. Qualifying opened today for hundreds of offices across Louisiana — from governor to parish president, from state education board members to state lawmakers.

Starting today and ending at 5 p.m. Thursday, qualifying will separate the real candidates from the pretenders.

The open primary is Oct. 22, which leaves only about six weeks of official campaign time. That’s not a lot of time to get to know candidates.

And if you’re wondering why that’s the case, remember this: The folks who make the election schedules — state lawmakers — aren’t about to make it easier for people to run against them. A short campaign season favors incumbents. Therefore, we have a short campaign season.

It appears that Gov. Bobby Jindal will not face much of a challenge winning a second term, but lots of other state and local races will be hotly contested.

When you think about the impact that politicians’ decisions have on all our lives, there’s plenty to get excited about, no matter how long, or short, the political season may be.

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