(Photo: Vance McAllister)
Landrieu had 41% of vote, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy had 38%, and Republican tea party favorite Rob Maness had 14%.
But of concern to the Landrieu camp has to be the face that in a hypothetical runoff between her and Cassidy, the Republican candidates leads 52 to 43%.
Nevertheless, Louisiana remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of Power rankings.
While the attention has been centered on these three candidates, there are four other Democrats, one other Republican, and one Libertarian in the race. Those candidates will likely peel off some votes from the three main contenders.
On the upside for Landrieu, Cassidy led her 44 to 41% in a Rasmussen poll a month ago. It is not known how the televised debates taking place across the state will affect the numbers of the three main candidates.
In other findings, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has a job approval rating of 53%, while Gov. Bobby Jindal’s job approval rating is 46%.
There are 2,917,356 registered voters in the state of Louisiana. Of that total, 64% are white, 31% are black, and 5% are other races.
By party affiliation, 47% are Democrats, 28% are Republicans, and 25% are No Party/Other Party.
U.S. Senate race developments
Developments in the U.S. Senate race are coming fast and furious as one would expect as we near the November 4 primary date. Here are a couple of the latest developments:
Republican Rob Maness, the Tea Party favorite, who is at 14% in the latest Rasmussen poll, has a radio ad airing statewide blasting fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.
The 60-second ad, paid for by the Madison Project, which supports and raises money for conservative candidates, attacks Cassidy’s record and encourages Republicans to vote for Maness.
The radio spot accuses Cassidy of voting with special interests and supporting tax increases while not paying his own taxes on time. The ad will air for 10 days on radio stations around the state.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Democratic incumbent has received a front-page editorial endorsement for re-election from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the first time ever the newspaper has done a front-page endorsement.
The editorial calls her a “passionate advocate for Louisiana who has greatly benefited the entire state.” It also emphasized her bipartisan credentials, citing her support from prominent Republicans and her ability to forge relationships.
Landrieu has also received the endorsement from The Gambit newspaper in New Orleans. The newspaper is a mainstay of the Louisiana political scene and endorses candidates on all sides of the political spectrum.
The editorial touts Landrieu’s clout in the Senate and her ability to “best protect Louisiana’s interests in Washington.”
The endorsement also slammed Congressman Bill Cassidy and his allies for running a campaign based on “fear, exaggeration (if not outright falsehoods) and anger – most of it funded by out-of-state special interests that do not have Louisiana’s interests at heart.”
Fireworks in the Fifth
While the Louisiana U.S. Senate race has occupied center stage in this year’s election cycle, there is a barnburner of a Congressional race taking place in the Fifth Congressional District, which includes northeast and north central parts of the state.
That’s where incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister is trying to survive the release of a video showing the married congressman kissing a married staffer.
He initially said he would not run for re-election after winning a special election last November, but changed his mind and entered the race.
The latest poll, conducted by Cygnal and paid for by a group of Baton Rouge lobbyists, shows Jamie Mayo, the African-American Democratic mayor of Monroe, leading the pack.
Mayo is the only Democrat in the race, which has nine candidates. Among the other eight candidates are six Republicans, one Green Party, and one Libertarian.
Coming in second to Mayo was McAllister. The results of the poll:
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo (D) – 19%.
Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister – 17%.
Zach Dasher (R) – 13%.
Dr. Ralph Abraham (R) – 11%.
PSC Clyde Holloway (R) – 8%.
Harris Brown (R) – 5%.
Ed Tarpley (R) – 2%.
Undecided – 22%.
The Green and Libertarian candidates did not break 1%. The margin of error is +/- 4%.