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Tea Party Pins Hopes on Louisiana Challenger After Senate Primary Defeats

Maness gets help from Palin, but isn't faring well in the polls vs. GOP Rep. Cassidy. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Ben Ledbetter

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July 11, 2014 - 12:00 am
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The Tea Party’s favored candidate in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel, had a close defeat to six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary.

So the focus for the right flank has moved west to Louisiana, where retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is aiming to be the Tea Party pick in the race to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The senator is already receiving a challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), but Maness’s campaign recently received a boost from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

All candidates in Louisiana appear on one ballot for congressional elections and if no candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote the top two candidates, who can be from the same party, will participate in the runoff on Dec. 6.

Palin recently appeared in a radio commercial touting the candidacy of the retired Air Force colonel. A link to the advertisement appears on Maness’s website. There’s also a seal at the top next to the candidate’s picture that says “Sarah Palin approved.”

“It is an honor that Gov. Palin is renewing her support of our race to take on the status quo in Washington,” Maness said in a statement. “Americans respect Sarah Palin because she speaks her mind and is standing against the go-along-to-get-along crowd in both parties.”

Palin issued her endorsement statement in May.

“Rob is a true conservative – opposing amnesty, pledging to protect our Second Amendment rights, and promising to defund Obamacare,” she said in the statement.

Maness is also receiving support from the Senate Conservatives Fund. The PAC had two losses on June 24 when Tea Party-favored state Sen. McDaniel lost the Republican runoff in Mississippi to six-term incumbent Cochran and T.W. Shannon lost the GOP primary in Oklahoma to Rep. James Lankford.

Mannes’s other endorsements include the Restore America’s Voice PAC, Patriot PAC and the Tea Party Express.

During the last weeks before the Oklahoma primary and Mississippi runoff, the SCF released three ads – two in the Sooner State. The SCF said the cost of the June 12 ad touting Shannon was $130,000 and the June 19 one with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was $163,429. The cost of the McDaniel ad, released on June 17 by Senate Conservatives Action, was $210,000.

The SCF is also giving money to the Senate campaigns of Ben Sasse in Nebraska, Milton Wolf in Kansas and Joni Ernst in Iowa. The PAC is also supporting four House of Representatives campaigns.

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Can anyone spell Sarvis? That name keeps running through my mind I hear a Maness ad.
22 weeks ago
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...does not...
22 weeks ago
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Cassidy is the best chance to replace Mary. His record does dot illustrate a RINO.
22 weeks ago
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"The Tea Party’s favored candidate in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel, had a close defeat to six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary."

GOP progressives used voter fraud to "defeat" GOP voters in the GOP primary. Without the voter fraud and false accusations that GOP voters are racists, the progressives would have lost. They did lose the actual GOP voters.
23 weeks ago
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The fraud may yet be defeated.
23 weeks ago
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I live in Louisiana, and the important thing is to get rid of Landrieu, a member of yet another political dynasty. She is a disgusting excuse for a Senator. Her brother, like their father, is mayor of New Orleans (the Ray Nagin seat!). I do not care who ousts Landrieu and wish the GOP, to which I no longer contribute, would simply train its artillery on Landrieu. I am kinda sick of people like Maness, whom I increasingly see as self-serving opportunists.

The state of MS is run by the GOP, so whose fault is it their primaries are "open" and Cochran won?
23 weeks ago
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conservatives better learn that splitting the vote may create a lot of problems.

Iron out the issues before, and put a united front
23 weeks ago
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The Tea Party types need a primary to decide who the challenger to the Establishment will be locally.
23 weeks ago
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Progressive GOP establishmentarians "better learn that splitting the vote may create a lot of problems.

Iron out the issues before, and put a united front."

I agree. Thad Cochran should gracefully step aside ane let the choice of actual GOP voters take his place as the winner of the primary.
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