EXCLUSIVE: Major Conservative Organization Offers Endorsement In Key Race

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The Club For Growth Political Action Committee is endorsing Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s bid to become the state’s next governor, its president told the Daily Caller.

“Attorney General Jeff Landry is a proven constitutional conservative with a strong track record of supporting limited government and pro-growth economic policies,” Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh said in a statement. “While in office, Landry has supported lower taxes, backed school choice voucher programs, and opposed harmful COVID-19 restrictions. We look forward to supporting Landry and his candidacy however we can.”

Landry, who has served as state attorney general since 2016, is running to replace Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who cannot constitutionally seek a third term. During his time in office, Landry has signed onto numerous lawsuits targeting Biden administration directives. He opposed an order that companies with more than 100 employees require COVID-19 vaccines, and is also party to a lawsuit alleging that federal officials illegally coordinated with social media giants to censor users.

Elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave, Landry served in Congress from 2011-13. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Republican Attorneys General Plan To Create Legal Roadblocks For Biden Agenda)

Louisiana employs a jungle primary, meaning that all candidates initially run on the same ballot. If no candidate reaches 50%, the top two advance to a runoff. Landry is currently polling at 36%, according to a memo obtained by the Daily Caller. Second-place candidate Shawn Wilson, a Democrat who previously served as state Secretary of Transportation, is at 18%, while no other candidate is above 6%.

Read the polling memo here:

Club for Growth Polling Memo by Michael Ginsberg on Scribd

WPA Intelligence polled 500 likely Louisiana primary voters from April 11-13 on behalf of Club For Growth PAC. The poll has a margin of error of 4.4%.

Louisiana is one of three states to hold gubernatorial elections in 2023, along with Mississippi and Kentucky. Republicans are hoping to retake governorships in Louisiana and Kentucky, both of which have GOP-controlled legislatures. Edwards is one of two Democrats to serve as the Pelican State’s executive in the 21st century, and is the only Democrat currently in statewide office.

Groups affiliated with the Club For Growth spent more than $100 million during the 2022 election cycle. Club For Growth PAC endorsed 24 candidates for House, Senate, and governor. Landry is the sixth Club for Growth PAC endorsement of the 2023-24 cycle.