State GOP rallies behind candidate as it tries to unseat Landrieu
May 31st, 2014
05:38 PM ET
2 months ago

State GOP rallies behind candidate as it tries to unseat Landrieu

(CNN) - As the Senate race in Louisiana draws closer, the state's GOP is trying to unite around one candidate: U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Cassidy, a doctor, is one of three Republican challengers trying to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

"If Louisiana goes Republican this fall, the Senate will go Republican - and Bill Cassidy is just the kind of conservative to make sure that happens. With a strong candidate like Dr. Cassidy and a united state party behind him, I have every confidence we will be successful this fall," said Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere in a statement.

The state's backing comes on the heels of endorsements from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The most recent polling shows Landrieu facing a tough re-election, with support from just 42% of voters, according to the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation. While Cassidy trails at 18%, support for the two other GOP candidates - Paul Hollis and Rob Mannes - is in the single digits. A substantial number of voters had not made up their minds.

But there is no primary in Louisiana, so all the candidates appear on the November ballot. If a candidate does not win 50% of the vote, the top two candidates compete in a runoff in December.

As Landrieu continues to sink below the 50% mark, it seems more and more likely she and Cassidy will square off.

"The Louisiana Republican Party understands that now is the time to end Senator Landrieu's rubber stamp once and for all. I'm honored to have Chairman Villere and the party's support, and our campaign needs it. We need every extra ounce of elbow grease we can get to take on President Obama's Energy Chair and the liberal machine behind her," said Cassidy in a statement, referring to Landrieu.

The state's GOP has not endorsed a single candidate ahead of a runoff election since it threw its support behind Bobby Jindal in the 2007 governor's race, according to the group. The endorsement of Cassidy, which "came without opposition," gives his campaign access to state party resources and personnel, the group says.

–CNN's Conor Finnegan and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Louisiana
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. bill beyer

    Remove ALL liberal candidates.

    June 1, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Landrieu is a zero!!!

    June 1, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    bill beyer
    Thanks for your vote for a Fascist America.

    June 1, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    The question people in that state should be asking is: how has Landrieu served us in the Senate. If the answer isn't something good, then vote her out. I tend to think that she has done just fine for the state.

    June 1, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Scott Douglass

    Dr. Bill Cassidy and his wife have donated thousands of hours of work to provide free medical care to those who can not afford insurance. He understands what is really needed to reform our healthcare system in a way that provides for the medical needs of Americans at a price we can live with. Bill Cassidy listens to the people he represents in his congressional district and will bring a refresshing and long over due change as our US Senator.

    June 1, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. valwayne

    Sen Landrieu lied to ever person in LA and the country about keeping our plans and our doctors. She was the deciding vote in cramming the nightmare of Obamacare down our throats, and with the V.A. nightmare, also because of Obama and the democrats, we now can see what is in store for us when they Obama, Landrieu and the democrats kill employer provided health insurance next year and force us all into Obamacare. A vote for Landrieu is a vote for Obama, or even worse a vote for Nancy Pelosi. Republicans should stop messing around an get behind Cassidy. If they don't the nightmare of Harry Reid, Obama, and Nancy Pelosi will continue.

    June 1, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. sharon

    Boy, if I were running for office as a Republican, just who I would want to endorse me – Perry (who is already suffering 'senior moments') and the Newt (about time for a new wife, isn't it??). I would run far away from them. I would want to know what Cassidy suggests for health care for those not covered. Volunteering hours is great but in the end it does not produce long term health care – it's like a bandage. In a state like LA where so many people had no coverage, the medical field should have been doing more.

    June 1, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    @bill beyer, really? That would be communism. Wait. That's what the teaklans really want. Control everyone and what they say and do.

    June 1, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Valwayne – Jindal did not set up an exchange or take the Medicaid expansion money which, alone, hurts 250,000 from LA. Obama had nothing to do with LA republican stupidity.

    June 1, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. mj sanders

    Whatever it takes to unseat Landrieu I'm for? She quit listening to the people of Louisiana a long time ago. On the healthcare issue she supported Obama when more than 2/3 of her constituents asked her to vote against it. Then when Louisiana said we were against GunControl she again turned a death ear to us. The only time she attempts to do her job is at reelection time as do the rest in Washington . It's time for all Americans to remind the politicians who they work for and vote them out when we are dissatisfied ...and believe me we are dissatisfied with her job performance.

    June 1, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Carl Moran

    Its time for to leave for every.

    June 1, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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