A new poll shows that Republican Senator David Vitter's change in position on Common Core will benefit him has he runs for governor next year. Vitter announced earlier this month he opposes the new educational testing standards and a Southern Media and Opinion Research survey found that 64-percent agree with Vitter.
Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the Senator's change on the issue was the right move, politically.
"It literally, probably saved his chance to become our next governor. He wouldn't have become governor if he would have stayed with Common Core."
He says one of the main issues in next year's governor's race may be Common Core. Pinsonat says it hasn't taken this issue very long to rise to the tops of voters minds.
"Common Core is something most of us hadn't heard of 24 months ago and now it's almost dominating the political rhetoric in Louisiana."
Another Republican gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, says he supports the controversial education standards. Pinsonat says education is always a big issue in a gubernatorial election. He says Common Core will make next year's race interesting.
"You've got Vitter who's opposing it and you've got Dardenne who's supporting it. So, the governor's race is not going to be just about education, but one of the side issues, or maybe one of the main issues, will be Common Core."