Maness Polling Far Behind Landrieu and Cassidy, But Poised to Have an Impact on Louisiana Race

Unlike Mississippi, Louisiana voters have had an opportunity to see all three candidates in two debates. All three candidates have also either been receiving endorsements or support from big names.

Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) participated in a rally for Cassidy.

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund is endorsing Maness while the retired Air Force colonel also has the backing of talk show host Glenn Beck.

Former Mississippi GOP Senate candidate Chris McDaniel also stated his support for Maness.

“Make no mistake, Rob is fighting the very same fight were still fighting in Mississippi,” McDaniel said in a statement. “In Louisiana, Colonel Maness is leading the way.”

Maness, like McDaniel, is facing well-established incumbents and the state senator said he admires his courage.

“Rob’s courage is impressive,” McDaniel said. “To put himself in the line of fire and be willing to have a real conversation with the voters and to drive to reach positive solutions is a rare quality.”

McDaniel’s campaign has lent Maness operational support. The two tailgated together at the Oct. 25 LSU vs. Ole Miss football game in Baton Rouge.

If past results are any indication a win by Landrieu might be a slim victory, according to Michael Henderson, the research director in LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab.

In an Oct. 27 blog post on the Brookings Institution’s website, he said that if Landrieu loses it would be the first time since 1876 that Louisiana has not had at least one Democrat in elected statewide office.

Republicans are becoming more dominant in Louisiana, Henderson stated. A Democratic candidate has not won the governor’s office since 2003.

While each of Landrieu’s campaigns has been competitive, the margins ranged from less than a half percent to six percent.