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Hot Louisiana race could send battle for control of the Senate into Overtime
Fox News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Carl Cameron

Posted on 08/21/2014 8:52:43 PM PDT by Din Maker

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is vying for a fourth term, is facing a stiff Republican challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy in the fall. But unlike most other close races this year, this one threatens to leave majority control of the Senate in limbo until the first week of December.

Louisiana has what's known as a "jungle primary" system -- candidates of all parties will appear on the same ballot on Nov. 4. If nobody clears 50 percent on Election Day, the top two vote-getters will proceed to a Dec. 6 runoff. The course of the race so far suggests that's a possibility. President Obama's popularity is hurting Landrieu in the polls, keeping her in a close race.

The three-term senator backs ObamaCare, but emphasizes her differences with the president when it comes to this red state's energy industries, which includes the issue of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Cassidy has voted for Democrats in the past, including former presidential candidates Michael Dukakis in 1988 and Paul Tsongas in 1992. He also donated to Landrieu in one of her previous campaigns.

The biggest threat to Cassidy in this "jungle primary" system comes from fellow Republican and self-styled Tea Party conservative, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness who says Cassidy is part of the problem in gridlock-stricken Washington.

"He goes with the leadership all the time," Maness said. "Voters can't trust him."

Cassidy, a two-term member of Congress, turns the insider charge on its head. "It is Republican so-called conservative groups out of Washington, D.C., who support [Maness]," he said. "If there's an establishment candidate, it is he, if there is a grassroots candidate, it is me," Cassidy said.

Maness has been slowly gaining in the polls on Cassidy, while Landrieu's overall lead has diminished.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: elections; louisiana
Cassidy has voted for Democrats in the past, including former presidential candidates Michael Dukakis in 1988 and Paul Tsongas in 1992. He also donated to Landrieu in one of her previous campaigns.

What does that tell you? I've never been able to stand Bill Cassidy and that stupid, phony grin he keeps on his face. He is the Establishment / Karl Rove candidate.
1 posted on 08/21/2014 8:52:43 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker
The biggest threat to Cassidy in this "jungle primary" system comes from fellow Republican and self-styled Tea Party conservative, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness who says Cassidy is part of the problem in gridlock-stricken Washington.

"He (Cassidy) goes with the leadership all the time," Maness said. "Voters can't trust him."


"Tea Party Conservative"..... that's why Rove and the Establishment want him to lose so badly. They don't think he can win in the General.
2 posted on 08/21/2014 8:57:13 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

Those who always like to say: “The Tea Party needs to do a better job of vetting their candidates”, need to know, Rob Maness is a Retired Colonel. He’s no dummy. He just doesn’t have all the money in his campaign coffers that Hopalong and Big Bertha have.


3 posted on 08/21/2014 9:01:39 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

I predict Mary loses UNLESS control of the Senate hinges on the December runoff. In that case the rats will steal the race by any means necessary.


4 posted on 08/21/2014 9:02:16 PM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're yelling "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: Din Maker

Probably half of the FReepers used to vote with democrats 25 years ago.


5 posted on 08/21/2014 9:03:08 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Din Maker

Maness has zero experience and is clueless about what he would do if given the opportunity.


6 posted on 08/21/2014 9:05:01 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Din Maker

“Maness has been slowly gaining in the polls on Cassidy, while Landrieu’s overall lead has diminished.”

Not sure what polls Carl is getting, but RCP last poll shown is a PPP poll done in JUNE and Landrieu is 17 plus in that poll. Maness has a whooping 8 points in that poll.

I know, Cassidy is the spoiler with his 25% because Manass is the pure candidate.

Has there been some polling that RCP has not picked up on?


7 posted on 08/21/2014 9:09:34 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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To: rhinohunter
I predict Mary loses UNLESS control of the Senate hinges on the December runoff. In that case the rats will steal the race by any means necessary.

The Democrats have always been more "street wise" than the Pubbies. So, if the GOP is stupid enough to let the 'Rats steal it..... oh well.
8 posted on 08/21/2014 9:12:23 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

Go Rob Maness !


9 posted on 08/21/2014 9:12:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: rhinohunter

If the ‘Rats do steal it, and Mitch missed being Majority leader of the Senate (if his sorry ass wins on Nov. 4), and he misses it by one Seat..... THAT WOULD BE SWEET JUSTICE for him helping Thad Cochran steal the Mississippi Primary from Chris McDaniel.


10 posted on 08/21/2014 9:14:53 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

They want him to lose because is he is a conservative


11 posted on 08/21/2014 9:17:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kirkwood

It couldn’t have been 25 years ago. She’s only been in Office 18 years. As for me, I voted for Nixon in my first Presidential Election in 1968. Been a Conservative Republican ever since; we’re talking 46 years. And I was raised in Texas by parents who were “Yellow Dog” Democrats.


12 posted on 08/21/2014 9:18:23 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

Tsongas, rest his soul, would seem way to the right of current Dems, with his support of the death penalty for murderers of police and judges.


13 posted on 08/21/2014 9:21:07 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Din Maker

hot and Louisiana in the same sentence can only mean sauce in little bottles.


14 posted on 08/21/2014 9:24:33 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Kirkwood

Maness has zero experience and is clueless about what he would do if given the opportunity.
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What kind of “experience”? Being a Washington insider and kissing a** for 20 years? Maness is a Retired Colonel. Did you ever make it to the rank of Colonel, jerk-off? How do you know he is clueless about what he would do? What part of LA do you live in? How closely have you followed his campaign? Tell us when he indicated that he was clueless, and provide documentation. Otherwise STFU.


15 posted on 08/21/2014 9:28:29 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Steven Scharf

Just checked: RCP a/o July 24 has Cassidy at 46.8 and Thunder Thighs at 45.8...... Cassidy +1. They usually don’t even include Maness in the polls. He has been ignored in this race like he has AIDS. It has nothing to do with purity..... Cassidy is a Washington guy.... serves in Congress... beholden to the Establishment.... he’s one of the boys. He’ll do what Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham tell him to do. When they unbuckle their belts, he’ll immediately fall to his knees.


16 posted on 08/21/2014 9:35:37 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: RitchieAprile

hot and Louisiana in the same sentence can only mean sauce in little bottles.
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You apparently have not been down here in August.


17 posted on 08/21/2014 9:37:05 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

These runoffs in Louisiana don’t seem to go well from what I remember...


18 posted on 08/21/2014 9:43:32 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Kirkwood
Maness has zero experience and is clueless about what he would do if given the opportunity.

Zero experience at what?

He served his country admirably and with distinction during a war.

Are you talking about political experience?

Of what value is that to a conservative?

We, as conservatives, know that those without that vaunted "experience" that those who are members of the GOP-E keep harping about are the best candidates from a conservative point of view and much less likely to sell out their conservative principles and less likely to stab us in the back at the same time.

Much less likely than those who have that "experience" you are talking about,
19 posted on 08/21/2014 10:05:18 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: rhinohunter

She won the first time she ran thanks to the incredible turnout in the cemetaries in New Orleans. Nothing short of a miracle!


20 posted on 08/21/2014 10:13:54 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Din Maker

The sad thing is, only Jeff Sessions, Vitter and Tim Scott are definitely more conservative than Cassidy amongst the southerners.

Cassidy is getting to vote on more conservative amendments than just throwing out a bunch of no votes on Harry Reid’s agenda.

I hope Maness wins but Cassidy would actually be a small net improvement.


21 posted on 08/21/2014 10:30:34 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Din Maker
Sounds like Susie Cream Cheese will squeak thru because REPUBLICANS are SO STUPID to not get together and have some drop out for the sake of our country!!

Hey IDIOT REPUBLICANS.....THANKS for another Democrat Senate!!!<>ANY RINO is WAY better than ANY DEMOCRAT...ANY!

22 posted on 08/22/2014 3:51:41 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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Agree. Let the ‘more Conservative than thou’ Freepers throw their insults.


23 posted on 08/22/2014 5:10:50 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Ann Archy; All

ANY RINO is WAY better than ANY DEMOCRAT...ANY!
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I used to feel the same way but I could NEVER vote for Mitch McConnell who has told Conservatives and Tea Partiers he will “crush” them. He is a despicable hypocrite. Let’s see how well he does against Grimes on Nov. 4 when about 100,000 Kentucky Conservatives stay home or skip the Senate race on the ballot because they can’t vote for a man who is their vowed enemy. McConnell is like a thug husband who beats his wife on a regular basis but tells her that he is sorry when he wants sex.


24 posted on 08/22/2014 6:33:22 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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Manness doesn’t have an inexperience problem so much as a carpetbagger problem. He’s a lifelong Pentagon insider who only moved to Louisiana about three years ago when he got a cushy executive position with Entergy, the big power company that most people hate. And he still owns a big (subsidized) farm up in Indiana somewhere. The “clueless” perception comes from some things he’s said that seem to put “teapartyism” above local concerns, which doesn’t really help with the carpetbagger image.

There was another potential candidate, Paul Hollis, a state senator and lifelong Louisianan that had been running television ads earlier this year, but he “pulled out of the race” earlier this summer before qualifying even started. So that leaves Manness as the only “outsider” alternative, except for maybe a Libertarian candidate who’s kind of an idiot.


25 posted on 08/23/2014 12:00:48 PM PDT by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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Manness doesn’t have an inexperience problem so much as a carpetbagger problem. He’s a lifelong Pentagon insider who only moved to Louisiana about three years ago when he got a cushy executive position with Entergy, the big power company that most people hate. And he still owns a big (subsidized) farm up in Indiana somewhere. The “clueless” perception comes from some things he’s said that seem to put “teapartyism” above local concerns, which doesn’t really help with the carpetbagger image.

3 points:

1. He's been there for 3 years, why the need to label him a Carpet Bagger?
2. If you are going to make accusations ("The “clueless” perception comes from some things he’s said that seem to put “teapartyism” above local concerns"), you need to back them up with proof. 3. Not sure how you are going to support the idea of putting "Tea-partyism" above local concerns.
26 posted on 08/23/2014 12:33:11 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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Manness doesn’t have an inexperience problem so much as a carpetbagger problem. He’s a lifelong Pentagon insider who only moved to Louisiana about three years ago when he got a cushy executive position with Entergy, the big power company that most people hate. And he still owns a big (subsidized) farm up in Indiana somewhere. The “clueless” perception comes from some things he’s said that seem to put “teapartyism” above local concerns, which doesn’t really help with the carpetbagger image.

3 points:

1. He's been there for 3 years, why the need to label him a Carpet Bagger?
2. If you are going to make accusations ("The “clueless” perception comes from some things he’s said that seem to put “teapartyism” above local concerns"), you need to back them up with proof.
3. Not sure how you are going to support the idea of putting "Tea-partyism" above local concerns.
27 posted on 08/23/2014 12:33:27 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Din Maker

“Jungle primary” — sounds raciss!


28 posted on 08/23/2014 12:35:06 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: SoConPubbie

1. There’s no “need to label” anything. It is what it is. A Senate term is six years. Do the math. Voters do.

2. Not an accusation, just an explanation offered to those reading this who might be ignorant as to what is actually happening on the ground.

3. E.g., flood insurance comes immediately to mind.


29 posted on 08/23/2014 2:42:16 PM PDT by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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2. Not an accusation, just an explanation offered to those reading this who might be ignorant as to what is actually happening on the ground.

You still provided no proof. And as such, it is merely an accusation, an unproven opinion with no weight until the statement is backed up with proof.
30 posted on 08/23/2014 3:11:16 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Count to three.


31 posted on 08/23/2014 4:14:05 PM PDT by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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