Vance McAllister, the Republican newcomer who became Louisiana's newest member of Congress after a special election Saturday, has the stars of "Duck Dynasty" to thank for his surprise win.
McAllister, 39, defeated state Sen. Neil Riser 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent Saturday to claim Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, according to Fox News
. Riser, also a Republican, was expected to win the runoff election after receiving backing from prominent members of the GOP.
"Plain and simple, this was Riser's election to lose," Joshua Stockley, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, told The Associated Press
. "Riser was the favorite going into the evening. He had the dollars. He had the endorsement of the Republican establishment. He had a strong showing in the primary. Yet, he lost it."
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But it was McAllister who came out on top after receiving an endorsement from members of the Robertson family who star on A&E's wildly popular reality show "Duck Dynasty."
"When Willie and Jep and Jase did what they did for me, I'm sure it certainly didn't hurt at all," McAllister said in an interview with "Fox & Friends" Monday.
He said the "Duck Dynasty" guys even stopped by to congratulate him after the big win.
"We had just wrapped up with all my TV interviews and everything, and I was talking to some friends and family. And, next thing I hear is, 'Willie is here.' And, I turned around and, oh, my goodness, it's like Grizzly Adams walking up behind you," he said. "He told me he was proud of me. And, I told him, 'Well, boy, I appreciate it.' Phil, Jase, and Willie and Jep, and even Si, they are amazing, true Christians. And, you know, what y'all see on TV, and I've known them before any of this all came about, they are some wonderful people."
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