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Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

Cassidy was elected to the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:23 a.m. | Republicans capped their Senate sweep  Saturday night, when Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., defeated Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in a Senate runoff.  

Cassidy, a doctor who still practices, was leading Landrieu, 65 percent to 35 percent when the Associated Press called the race 30 minutes after polls closed. Republicans also retained two House seats in additional runoff races.  Landrieu has a history of winning races that seemed unwinnable. But this time, she was overwhelmed by the GOP wave that gave Republicans seven seats on election night. Landrieu and Cassidy were forced into a runoff after neither secured 50 percent of the vote, as Louisiana requires, to win outright.  

How Mary Landrieu and Kissing Congressman's Fates Are Tied

Landrieu campaigns at an event for Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vulnerable Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and embattled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister, also known as the "Kissing Congressman ," have something in common on Election Day.  

Though on opposite sites of the aisle, the two Pelican State incumbents are fighting for their political lives Tuesday. They also have a common goal in attracting moderate voters — and the same adversary in the Louisiana Republican Party.  

Ted Cruz Endorses 'Duck Dynasty' Kin Over Vance McAllister

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed fellow Republican Zach Dasher, who is challenging embattled Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.  

In a 55-second video posted Wednesday on YouTube, Cruz voices his support for Dasher, urging Louisianans to vote for the Republican next week. Dasher, a businessman, is related to the Robertson family , who star in A&E's popular reality show, "Duck Dynasty."  

'Duck Dynasty' Star Launches Ads in Louisiana Race

Willie Robertson, center, of Duck Dynasty attended the State of the Union earlier this year as a guest of McAllister. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wielding a bible and an AR-15 rifle, the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan has once again waded into political waters.

Phil Robertson, the head of the family at the center of A&E’s reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” which is filmed in Louisiana’s 5th District, appeared in two new television ads released Monday to support his nephew Zach Dasher, a businessman hoping to oust embattled incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.  

Poll Shows McAllister Race Is Wide Open

McAllister faces five other candidates in the race for his seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A poll released Monday showed no clear front-runner in the race for embattled Rep. Vance McAllister's seat in Louisiana.  

The Republican was among the top three candidates in the automated poll, conducted by a GOP firm, which surveyed 504 likely voters in the 5th District.  

Club for Growth Ad Attacks Vance McAllister

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The political action arm of the conservative Club for Growth is launching a TV ad Tuesday attacking embattled incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.  

The 30-second spot, which is backed by a "six-figure buy," starts out with media coverage of the married congressman being caught on camera kissing a staffer, but quickly pivots to his voting record. The “Kissing Congressman” has been attempting to move past the scandal , including debuting an ad that features McAllister with his wife. http://youtu.be/C5UXWr6vODw  

McAllister Moving Past 'Kissing Congressman'

McAllister gets welcomed back home. (Margaret Frances Eldridge/CQ Roll Call)

TALLULAH, La. — Vance McAllister's political career flatlined earlier this year, a victim of self-inflicted wounds from an embarrassing infidelity scandal.  

But less than three months before the midterm elections, the Louisiana Republican has suddenly, improbably, become the man to beat this November.  

Jindal Calls McAllister an 'Embarrassment'

Jindal, right, met with Iowa politicians like Grassley. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks Rep. Vance McAllister should step down, calling the Louisiana Republican's continued tenure an "embarrassment" thanks to a scandal that left him with the nickname the "Kissing Congressman."  

"Look, he originally made the right decision when he decided not to run for reelection," Jindal told CQ Roll Call during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. "I said he should have stepped down at the time. I think he’s making a mistake, I think he should, I think he should’ve stuck to his original decision and not go back inside to try to run again. I think it’d be better for him, he said he wanted some time for privacy and to spend that time with his family, I think that’d be a good thing for him to do."  

Vance McAllister Announces He Will Seek Re-Election

Following some "hard praying," McAllister has decided to seek re-election after all. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Vance McAllister, the Louisiana Republican known as the "Kissing Congressman" after he was caught kissing a married aide, will seek re-election in November.  

"We spent the weekend trying to make sure this was exactly right for us and the family," McAllister said on the Moon Griffon radio show in Louisiana Monday morning. "It's taken a lot of hard praying,"  

Duck Dynasty Cousin Enters Louisiana House Race (Updated)

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, right, attended State of the Union as McAllister's guest this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:04 p.m. | Businessman Zach Dasher, a cousin of the star of "Duck Dynasty," announced Monday he will run for Louisiana's 5th District.  

The seat is currently held by embattled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister, who won the district in a special election last November — largely thanks to the local reality television superstar Willie Robertson's  support.