Teepell says B.R. majority wants 'bold' education reform
Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff Timmy Teepell told the Baton Rouge Press Club today that 60% of Baton Rouge respondents to a recent survey by his new employer, OnMessage, favor "bold reform" over "focusing on failing schools." While the poll was not meant to gauge support for a specific policy, Teepell says, other polls suggest widespread support for vouchers and other proposals that Jindal is pushing. "It will be a very tough fight, but I think voters in Louisiana are at a point where they want change," Teepell says. Teepell says Louisiana is not considered a battleground state in political races, but dissatisfaction abounds on education. That means the governor's push for education reform will likely enjoy considerable support in the GOP stronghold nationwide, says Teepell, a partner with the political consulting firm. Teepell also touched on the presidential race today, saying recent Electoral College trends make a Republican presidential victory "a much tougher battle than people think." President Obama, he says, is likely to lock in 246 electoral votes without swing states, and several scenarios would allow him to reach the necessary 270. "The president only has to pick up Florida or Ohio, and Iowa. … Or he can go the western route" with New Mexico and Colorado, he says. Republicans have a better chance at capturing and maintaining congressional seats nationwide, he says, if they are able to tap into widespread public dissatisfaction on key issues. —Ian McGibboney
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