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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 Madison Project is another PAC supporting Maness. Daniel Horowitz, its policy director, said Maness can provide a similar challenge to Cassidy that McDaniel gave incumbent Cochran in Mississippi, pushing him to the runoff stage.

“Republican voters now recognize that McDaniel clearly won the Republican vote, but was stymied by our own party leadership’s insidious and possibly illegal tactics to overpower them with Democrat votes,” said Horowitz. “We are seeing some voters who previously gave the establishment the benefit of the doubt now realize that they fundamentally do not share our values and are not committed to fighting for conservative values like Rob Maness will do if he wins.”

Palin’s endorsement seemed to help as Maness announced in a June 23 press release that he raised over $1 million. He said the average donation was about $50.

Maness raised $760, 175 according to the March 31 figures from the website opensecets.org. Cassidy raised $6,394,560 and Landrieu raised $11,324,447.

“He’s watched career politicians put the American dream in peril and is running to restore the certainty of prosperity for future generations and return power to the people, where the founders intended it to be,” said Mannes’s press secretary Jon Meadows in an email.

While Maness had renewed support from a high-profile figure, Cassidy has also been getting endorsements.

He received endorsements from both the Jefferson and St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committees and the host of the show Gun Talk, Tom Gresham.

“This has been a tremendous week for our campaign,” said Cassidy. “We received endorsements from both St. Tammany and Jefferson RPEC’s and one of the foremost leaders in the fight to protect the Second Amendment. On gun rights, Obamacare, immigration, and almost every other issue, Sen. Landrieu is far out of sync with our state’s values.”

Cassidy received his third Republican Parish Executive Committee endorsement during the last week of June in Rapides Parish.

Cassidy, who has served in the House since 2009, also has the endorsement of the Louisiana Republican Party and the Terrebonne Republican Parish Executive Committee.

The latest Real Clear Politics polling average has Landrieu topping all of her challenges in the open primary, but Cassidy edging her out in a runoff. Maness pulls in just 5.5 percent.

(For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Ben Ledbetter is a journalist based in New Orleans.
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Can anyone spell Sarvis? That name keeps running through my mind I hear a Maness ad.
9 weeks ago
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...does not...
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Cassidy is the best chance to replace Mary. His record does dot illustrate a RINO.
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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.
10 weeks ago
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The fraud may yet be defeated.
10 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?
10 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
10 weeks ago
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The Tea Party types need a primary to decide who the challenger to the Establishment will be locally.
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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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