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SCF's Cuccinelli: Rob Maness Has a Shot at Landrieu's Senate Seat

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 08:55 PM

Senate Conservatives Fund president Ken Cuccinelli says tea party-aligned GOP candidate Rob Maness "clearly" has a shot at winning the key U.S. Senate race in Louisiana.

The deep-pocketed conservative group plans to boost Maness with radio and TV ad busy ahead of the Nov. 4 election in which vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is fending off a fierce challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, as well as Maness, USA Today reports.

A Real Clear Politics polls average shows Cassidy up more than 4 points over Landrieu in a primary that if no candidate is able to get 50 percent, heads to a runoff between the top-two vote getters.

"Clearly, this is winnable, or we wouldn't be pushing our members as hard to be as supportive of Col. Maness,'' Cuccinelli told USA Today. "Our candidate needs to outpace Cassidy, but it isn't a normal primary. We also at the same time have to help keep Mary Landrieu below 50 percent."

Maness, who is endorsed by the SCF, is polling in the single digits, according to the latest CNN poll.

USA Today reports the Tea Party Express
, which has endorsed Maness, hasn't decided whether to spend as much in Louisiana as it did helping Chris McDaniel in Mississippi during his failed primary challenge of Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

"I don't think the race has ripened [to the point that] would get us heavily involved,'' Sal Russo, co-founder and chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, said of the contest, adding that could change "if it becomes a real horse race between Maness and Cassidy."

Cuccinelli conceded the contentious Mississippi runoff kept the SCF from paying more attention to the Louisiana Senate contest. "Anytime we're in a state longer than we initially expect, it takes away some our ability to raise funds from our members for somebody like Col. Maness,'' he said.

USA Today reports Maness had only $106,407 on hand Aug. 2, citing Federal Election Commission reports, compared with $5.6 million for Cassidy and $5.5 million for Landrieu.

But tea party voters are more likely to vote for Maness, even if it hurts Cassidy's chances of taking more than 50 percent of the vote Nov. 4, University of Louisiana political scientist Joshua Stockley told the newspaper.

"They don't care if they spoil the race,'' he said. "They don't mind that a Republican will lose a race. They'll spite themselves because they're sending a statement.''

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