Vitter's re-election campaign in trouble already?

The Louisiana senator best known for being caught up in a prostitution scandal isn't polling well.

Published March 6, 2009 10:50PM (EST)

It took a while, but Sen. David Vitter, R-La., might finally be feeling some consequences for being a steadfast social conservative who still found himself the most prominent face caught up in the "D.C. Madam" scandal.

Vitter's up for re-election in 2010. A new poll conducted by Research 2000 poll and commissioned by Daily Kos shows he might not have an easy campaign ahead of him. The poll tested his support against two hypothetical Democratic opponents, Rep. Charlie Melancon and former Rep. Don Cazayoux. In both cases, Vitter came out on top, but not by much, and he wasn't able to top 50 percent, something an incumbent should be able to do in order to feel comfortable with their chances.

It's not all bad news for Vitter, though. Politico's Josh Kraushaar observes, "While the numbers indicate Vitter’s vulnerability, Democrats still will need to find a credible recruit. Melancon has said he is unlikely to run for the Senate, while Cazayoux has shown no sign of interest in the race."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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