There’s some mystery in GOP-funded Shreveport mayoral poll

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The Southern Hills Business and Home Associations hosted all 8 Shreveport mayoral candidates in a forum August 6.(KSLA)
Updated: Oct. 8, 2018 at 7:55 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A new poll is delivering some good news for Republicans in the Shreveport mayoral race.

In a poll funded by the Caddo Parish Republican Party, incumbent Democratic Mayor Ollie Tyler likely would face a runoff against one of two Republicans.

While Tyler garnered 27 percent of the vote in the GOP-funded poll, both Lee Savage and Jim Taliaferro were in a statistical dead heat for second place to make the Dec. 8 runoff.

“I think it’s evidence, very clear evidence, that the citizens of Shreveport are more concerned about solutions than they are about political party,” explained Caddo Parish GOP Chairman Louis Avallone.

When asked about the exact percentages the poll shows for Taliaferro and for Savage, Avallone declined to provide those results.

“We believe that it is likely that it will be one of the Republican candidates. So it will either be Jim Taliaferro or Lee Savage in the runoff with Mayor Ollie Tyler.”

John Couvillon, president of Baton Rouge-based polling firm JMC Analytics, said his client, Avallone, does not want the information released so he can’t tell us.

In fact, neither Taliaferro nor Savage had those results either.

To put the poll results into some kind of context. we came to LSU-Shreveport to talk to the chairman of the history department - professor Gary Joiner.

He said he’s not surprised about the lack of specific results being given about the GOP contenders.

“I don’t think that they really care whether or not it’s Lee O. Savage or Jim Taliaferro as long as one of them gets in.”

Joiner added that we’ll all know soon enough when the best poll of all is taken - the election.

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