A brief brush with scandal hasnít hurt incumbent Republican Senator David Vitterís bid for reelection in Louisiana so far. He remains more than 20 points ahead of his Democratic challenger, Congressman Charlie Melancon.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Louisiana finds Vitter leading Melancon 57% to 34%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
Vitter had a nearly identical 57% to 33% lead last month.
The incumbent has clearly been gaining unlike Melancon who has been frozen in the low - to mid-30s for months. Last October, Vitter led the Democrat just 46% to 36%. But by January of this year, Vitter had risen above the 50% mark. Incumbents who poll below 50% at this stage of a campaign are considered potentially vulnerable.