Poll: GOP poised for December runoff win in Louisiana
Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy appears to be in a strong position to unseat Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, but he is likely going to have to wait until December to do it.
A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows neither Cassidy nor Landrieu taking the 50% required to avoid a runoff in the crowded Nov. 4 race. The poll of 500 likely voters found 36% supporting Landrieu, 35% supporting Cassidy, 11% supporting Tea Party favorite Rob Maness and 18% undecided or backing other minor candidates. The poll was conducted in association with The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser and WWL-TV.
But in a head-to-head matchup, Cassidy has a 48%-41% edge over Landrieu with 11% undecided.
According to David Paleologos, "Maness supporters are basically a holding place for Cassidy … the unfavorables are 89% for Landrieu among the Maness voters." That means that in a runoff, Cassidy can count on nearly all of those voters to jump to his side, assuming they return to the polls in December.