The race for Governor of Louisiana will soon heat up as John Bel Edwards is expected to face a strong challenge from the right. But the big question now is who will be the top challenger.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy says he is strongly thinking about the race and he has an exploratory team in place looking at making a run. State Attorney General Jeff Landry has also been looking at numbers and considering a challenge. Other names being mentioned on the Repulican side include U.S. Congress Majority Whip Steve Scalise who's from New Orleans and Congressman Ralph Abraham who is from the Monroe area.

Most political experts say only one of these big name Republicans will jump into the race.

Edwards is the only Democratic governor in the Deep South and every other statewide elected official in Louisiana is Republican. This makes him a prime target for the National GOP. But he is expected to have a campaign warchest of over $5 million going into the race.

The election for Governor is set for October 12th with the runoff scheduled for November 16th.