Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” endorsed McAllister in a campaign spot that will run Thursday through Saturday.
“It’s fresh face versus the establishment,” said McAllister adviser Josh Robinson. “We think Vance has a more practical approach to repealing Obamacare. ... The Riser campaign is all in a tizzy about Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion is a state issue, so the fact that it came up in the debate was odd to me.”
McAllister’s outsider message propelled him past 12 other candidates from both parties in an Oct. 16 open primary. He received 18 percent of the vote to secure second place.
But the math might work against McAllister in Saturday’s election, which will determine the next member of Congress from the district. Riser received 32 percent in the open primary, so McAllister must pick up support from nearly every GOP voter who didn’t support Riser the first time around.
Or McAllister must appeal to some of the more moderate Democrats who came out to vote in the primary. Local insiders speculated this could account for his recently stated support for Medicaid expansion in the Pelican State.
The campaign is also banking on the “Duck Dynasty” endorsement to help draw attention to this under-the-radar contest and help boost what’s expected to be a low turnout affair.
“I think it gives [McAllister] an added bit of bona fides,” Robinson said of the endorsement. “I heard some people say, ‘Oh, we’ve heard of Neil Riser, but we know the Robertsons are behind you.’”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.