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Republican Divisions Cloud Landrieu Race

Wednesday, 13 November 2002 12:00 AM

The GOP strategy for victory in Louisiana was to run three major candidates in order to force a runoff against Sen. Mary Landrieu. Then the party would unite behind the victor, who would have enough Republican support to overcome the incumbent Democrat.

Unfortunately, no one told the other two Republicans in the race about the master plan.

Terrell's former Republican rivals in the primary, State Rep. Tony Perkins and Congressman John Crooksey, have not been supportive. Perkins refused to endorse Terrell and has not stated whether or not an endorsement would be forthcoming. Crooksey on the other hand did endorse Terrell, but stated that he would not campaign for her.

Adding to Ms. Terrell's troubles, the popular Republican governor of the state has refused to back her citing the negative nature of her campaign.

Republican disunity and bickering in Louisiana could have national implications: If Terrell wins, the GOP could increase their majority to 52 seats.

Because of the national importance of the race, Vice President Cheney has agreed to campaign for her.

Louisiana Republicans have until the December 7, when Terrell faces Landrieu in the runoff, to get their act together.

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