Earlier this week, state Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere sent out an email blast to supporters proclaiming “it’s an exciting time to be a Republican in Louisiana." Villere cites recent poll numbers from late August, prior to the Republican National Convention, which show Republican presidential candidate John McCain enjoying the support of 58 percent of likely voters surveyed. The same poll shows 66 percent of Louisianans think the state is on the right track. "We know of no other place where the citizens are this optimistic about the direction of thier state at present," Villere writes. The survey also shows Jindal’s favorable image rating at 78 percent, which Villere notes, “is now one of the highest of any sitting governor in the country, perhaps the very highest.” He also points out the survey came prior to the rave reviews Gov. Jindal received for his handling of Hurricane Gustav. Notably absent from the email is any direct mention of Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy, who is seeking to unseat Mary Landrieu. The email notes the survey results come from OnMessage Inc., which conducted telephone interviews August 27th & 28th of 500 likely general election voters stratified by parish to reflect historic voter trends. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 4.4%.