Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a popular GOP figure in the Pelican State, confirmed heâ€™s â€œponderingâ€ a run against three-term Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu.
Long thought to be a likely contender for governor, Dardenne told CQ Roll Call that recent polling had him mulling the Senate race â€” one of the national GOPâ€™s top targets in 2014.
â€œYou canâ€™t help but ponder it when you see some numbers like that and it gets people talking and wanting to know what you may be interested in doing,â€ he said in a Friday morning phone interview. â€œI guess â€˜ponderingâ€™ is the best word â€” at least for right now.â€
Dardenne trailed Landrieu by only a few points, 43 percent to 46 percent, in a recent hypothetical horse-race matchup from the automated Democratic survey firm Public Policy Polling.
Dardenne is a former state senator and secretary of state. He has sought and won four statewide races since 2006. In PPPâ€™s automated poll from February, 41 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion of Dardenne, while 23 percent had an unfavorable view of him. Thirty-five percent werenâ€™t sure.
Dardenne, who served in the state Senate for 15 years, said he loved his time as a legislator, adding, â€œI miss the policy and I miss the debate.â€
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