Louisiana's 5th District congressional race will go to a November 16th runoff between Columbia state Senator Neil Riser and Monroe businessman Vance McAllister. Riser took a third of the vote Saturday, and U.L.-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says McAllister came from behind to take 18%. Stockley says McAllister's success was partially due to the endorsement
of "Duck Commander" Phil Robertson, of "Duck Dynasty" fame.
Democrat Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo took 3rd place, with 15% of the vote Saturday, Republican Clyde Holloway was 4th with 11%. Stockley says McAllister's success was partially due to the endorsement of "Duck Commander" Phil Robertson, of "Duck Dynasty" fame...but also from a positive image for voters, as the opposite of a career politican. Someone untarnished by having spent time in public office. So, on November 16th it will be two Republicans, Riser versus McAllister, to see who fills out the remainder of retired Congressman Rodney Alexander's term. Stockley thinks McAllister COULD have a real chance at winning - especially if he convince Democratic voters to show and support him, "if McAllister can do that, he's got a great shot." Stockley says only a third who voted chose Riser, meaning two-thirds who voted chose someone else.
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