The PJ Tatler

Democrats Abandon Landrieu

Louisiana’s Senate seat is still up for grabs. Incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and challenger Bill Cassidy (R) are headed to a runoff in December after finishing first and second Tuesday, but both failing to get 50% of the vote in the “jungle primary.”

Landrieu trails in the most recent head-to-head polls in that race, and now has lost the support of her party according to Politico.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana.

The committee canceled all broadcast buys planned from Monday through Dec. 6 in the state’s five major media markets, three sources tracking the air war told POLITICO. That’s about $1.6 million worth of time. The DSCC is in the process of canceling an additional $275,000 in cable placements, according to buyer sources.

The DSCC’s Republicans counterpart, the NRSC, is still in for that election. Its buy of $2.3 million is still going up.

Cassidy, the Republican, is getting cheeky.

Cassidy is behaving like a front-runner. On Tuesday night, Landrieu challenged him to six debates. He countered Thursday by saying he would agree to only one — on the Monday before the Saturday runoff.

As a publicity stunt — and to get the name of the unpopular president in stories about his refusal to debate more — Cassidy added his own challenge.

“For every time Senator Landrieu barnstorms the state with Barack Obama, I will participate in another debate,” he said in a press release.