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House GOP Favorite Faces Upstart in Louisiana Special

Cross is referring to McAllister’s comment to a local newspaper earlier this month about repealing the president’s health care law.

“I think we’re honestly past that,” McAllister told The Town Talk of Alexandria, La. “So if we know we have to live with it, let’s make it livable. Find the things that don’t work and fix them.”

Riser’s campaign will have the funds to replay McAllister’s comments throughout paid media. He raised a whopping $561,000 in the primary and ended the pre-primary period with $210,000 in cash on hand. Riser, an adept fundraiser, is also expected to raise more for the runoff.

Operatives say the question that remains is how much money McAllister will spend to counter that onslaught.

McAllister brought in $245,000 for the race — and all but $10,000 of that haul came from his personal funds. McAllister’s team says he will likely continue the trend of self-funding throughout the short runoff period.

“A four-week runoff is very intense,” McAllister adviser Josh Robinson said. “You could argue whether [Riser] had a head start on things. He’s a little more organized than we are. But we feel good about our chances. If we took six weeks to come from last place on top of 12 other candidates, we feel good about what we can do in four.”

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