Top GOPer Crosses Party Lines To Endorse Vitter’s Dem Opponent

AP

One of the Republican candidates Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) defeated in Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary crossed party lines to endorse Vitter’s Democratic rival on Thursday morning.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R) endorsed state Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) in a news conference at Louisiana State University, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“The Republican brand has been damaged,” he said, as quoted by the Times-Picayune. “David Vitter will further damage that brand.”

Dardenne’s former campaign manager, Jay Vicknair, recently joined Vitter’s runoff campaign. But losing Dardenne’s endorsement is a blow to Vitter, who was trailing Edwards by 12 points in a Democratic poll taken Oct. 26-28. The runoff election is on Nov. 21.

This post has been updated.

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