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Is Maness on the Move?

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate, better keep an eye on his fellow Republican Rob Maness, the retired Air Force colonel who is the Tea Party favorite.

A poll released last week by Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, a conservative news and opinion publication, shows Maness nipping at the heels of Cassidy.

Cassidy has dropped to 30% in the poll, while Maness has risen to 14%.  Meanwhile, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is holding steady at 43% in a three-candidate match-up.

When the poll, conducted by Gravis Marketing, a non-partisan research firm headquartered in Florida, put Landrieu and Cassidy head-to-head, it was a 45-45% deadlock with 10% undecided.  The poll did not ask a Landrieu-Maness match-up question.

In a hypothetical primary scenario, the results were Landrieu 43%, Cassidy 30%, Maness 14%, and 13% undecided.

Of the 13% undecided voters, nearly two-thirds identified themselves as independents. These voters will likely decide the election.   

lou BurnettThe Landrieu camp is heartened by the fact that she is not losing ground while Cassidy is, compared to  earlier  polls.  Cassidy’s decline might be attributed to the fact that he has refused to participate in debates with Landrieu and Maness.

He has refused to participate in televised debates in Monroe, Alexandria, and New Orleans and is taking heat for refusing to do so.

The poll was conducted among 426 Louisiana registered voters, and the margin of error is +/- 5%.

The 2015 Governor’s Race

When the poll asked about the 2015 governor’s  race, the results were somewhat surprising and not very good news for Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who has already announced he is running.

When asked if the governor’s race were held today between Vitter and Democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the results were Vitter 46%, Landrieu 44%, and 10% undecided.

If the race were between Vitter and Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, the results were Vitter 35%, Dardenne 28%, with 34% undecided.  But the results were skewed because the poll also had Dardenne listed as a Democrat and Republican.

When it comes to the presidential race in 2016, Republican Rand Paul leads Democrat Hillary Clinton, 45-44%.  Republican Jeb Bush leads Clinton 48-43%.

Another gem

It is another one of those verbal gems from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The absentee Republican governor of Louisiana is saying that U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is out-of-touch  with Louisiana. Really?

Never mind that Landrieu has secured billions of dollars for the state following Hurricane Katrina and has been able to have many FEMA debts of local and parish governments forgiven.

The unwarranted comments about Landrieu is coming from a governor that has basically destroyed Louisiana’s educational and health care systems because he spends half of his time out-of-state running for president.

Why would a governor of a state want to defeat a U.S. Senator who is so powerful and can do so much for the state?  That’s a good question.  The only answer is that Jindal continues to play to the right-wing segment of the Republican Party, hoping to gain a foothold for his candidacy for president.  It is not working.

It is a classic case of putting party before people, said one observer.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.

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