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

    Bill Cassidy looks like one angry tea bag !

    May 31, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |

    Yes Dems want and have made and forced many of us to violate our religious rights im not to much that way and could do better but i care about those that got us here . So i have little hope in your immoral ways to make it right so i am against you as your evil progresses toward the unwilling and innocent . 0ur kids and all . G0d bless .

    May 31, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Smitty

    Vote Landrieu out backing Obumbles anti American decisions is enough of a reason

    May 31, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. virginia

    The way she disagrees with so much of the Democratic Party, I think she would be better suited for the Tea Party. Democrats would be better off with out her.

    May 31, 2014 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. holly

    The poll number means nothing, the Demoncrats will steal the election as usual. Let hope and pray that this time they are not able to steal it.

    May 31, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Mikey444

    ...sure, just look at the great response from the Republicans in office during Hurricane Katrina. If I lived in that state I'd never look at a republican again for anything.

    May 31, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. joe

    I'm happy to see anyone elected that will end the strangleholdl iberals have on america.

    May 31, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    People, If you believe these nut jobs care for you, you need to have a checkup from the neck up. They care for one thing and one thing only, themselves.

    May 31, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. smith1

    democrats get out and vote of face the repo trolls once again.

    May 31, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Bob M

    The state's backing comes on the heels of endorsements from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. With backing like this, you are doomed Louisiana if you Vote for ths Crazy Doc. Keep Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu if you want to Keep a Job..!

    May 31, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. king

    How backward can the american people get to put the repubs in charge of the whole congress and supreme court. These folks lesson to rederics and talking points, and reject reality of actions, are you serious. Where have these people been for the last 6 years. How the hell can a person shoots a man in front of every body then say he didn't do it and the eye witnesses believe the shooter. These repubs have obstruct this country back in the stone age, and allowed china to catch up with us and pass us. Did anyone compared China's infradtructure to ours lately. Do these people wants india to catch up with us also. It's a dam shame that some repubs will rather see this great country torn down from it's perch because of obama.

    May 31, 2014 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. alvin lacombe

    She flushed her self down the drain with Obama. She does not have my vote.

    May 31, 2014 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This is nothing short of bullying. I wonder if they really think that they can come to Louisiana and UNSEAT SOMEONE?

    June 1, 2014 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. moxjox

    "endorsements from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich."

    Isn't that like an endorsement from Dumb and Dumber?;

    June 1, 2014 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  15. Richard

    Actually I think the whole entire republican party should retire. They are the most useless people and also anti american. They are never for the people. They are only out for themselves. Stop using the government to pay your bills. You are all not worth a dime.

    June 1, 2014 03:45 am at 3:45 am |

    Blah,blah,blah. Now that they have been CRUSHED by Turtle McConnell, can't wait to see Tom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down.

    June 1, 2014 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    The Louisiana Republican Party is a complete embarrassment. Their refusal to allow 250,000 of their own access to health care is criminal. How many Lousianians have to die from lack of health care to equal the phony republican Benghazi outrage?

    June 1, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  18. Jeff

    Landrieu supports both Obama and Obamacare. After wreaking so much damage so far, it's time for her to go.

    June 1, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Marie MD

    teaklans and repugs are all the same. They are being handled by the koch brothers. They are not going to be any better than those they are trying to replace or beat.

    June 1, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Tim O'Callaghan

    dems in red states might as well be republicans .....landreau votes with big oil or she wouldn't get enough votes to win the job in louisiana

    June 1, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. Anonymous

    I never hear these politicians say that they are doing this for the people in their state,but simply for their party..Why is that????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    June 1, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Thomas

    Bill Cassidy thinks Jim Carrey, a Canadian-born actor who became a U.S. citizen in 2004 is the funniest man in the world next to Ted Cruz.

    In the above image Bill Cassidy shows off one of his Carry impersonations to fellow republicans at the RLC .

    June 1, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Robert

    So the Republicans will increase their efforts to suppress votes, and try to keep people from getting the truth.

    June 1, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. rs

    Great- someone endorsed by the most stupid Governor in America (how's that secession thing working for you Perry?); Carl Rove, the least moral man in America; and Newt Gingrich- who tried to impeach then sitting President of the United States Bill Clinton for having an affair- while he was having one of his own.

    With friends like that, the good doctor should run- fast and far away.

    June 1, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The no nothing do nothing GOP clowns will be slaughtered in November , they have nothing to offer Except tax breaks for the rich who don't need them. Why would anybody vote for these do nothing ship of FOOLS.

    June 1, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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