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Vance McAllister, a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill a congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.

In a runoff to fill Louisiana's vacant Fifth Congressional District, McAllister took 60% of the vote against fellow Republican Neil Riser, a state senator. All precincts have reported in the largely conservative and mostly rural district.

McAllister, running as an outsider, lined up an endorsement from Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, the patriarch in a popular reality show, and cast member Willie Robertson appeared in a commercial supporting him.

Published in Louisiana Local News

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