Charles Boustany

Louisiana Senate Debate Will Have Empty Auditorium
Debate at historically black Dillard College will include David Duke

White supremacist David Duke qualified for the Louisiana Senate debate by getting 5.1 percent — .1 point above the requirement to get in. (

Louisiana's second Senate debate will take place in front of an empty auditorium Wednesday at Dillard College but organizers won't say if that's because of candidate David Duke.

Many students at the historically black institution contested the presence of the white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader and there will likely be protests outside the auditorium, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.

Poll: Fleming and Boustany Falling Short in Louisiana Senate Race
GOP's John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell are the front-runners

Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany went from being in a statistical tie as front-runner to falling to third place in a new poll of the Louisiana Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Reps. John Fleming and Charles Boustany Jr. are looking less and less likely to make it to the runoff in the Louisiana Senate race, according to a new poll.

Southern Media & Opinion Research found Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy leading the race with 22 percent among likely voters, followed by Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell with 16 percent.

Boustany's Private Campaign Conversation Goes Public
Staff accidentally posts conversation about opponents to Facebook Live

Charles Boustany Jr. was caught talking strategy about his Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.'s staff on Tuesday accidentally broadcast  a conversation about two of his opponents in his run for retiring Sen. David Vitter's seat, The Times-Picayune reported.  

Boustany's staffers are heard in the conversation accidentally posted to Facebook Live saying that state Treasurer John Kennedy is very disciplined and on message but Boustany's colleague in the House, Rep. John Fleming, is prone to mistakes.

Poll: Boustany, Fleming Trail in Louisiana Senate Race
State treasurer in third Senate bid holds large lead over large field

Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. trails front-runner John N. Kennedy by 20 points in a new Louisiana Senate poll with Rep. John Fleming another 5 points back. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana state Treasurer John N. Kennedy, a self-described "political misfit," holds a large lead in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. David Vitter, according to a new poll, significantly outperforming two House members who gave up their seats to run.   

Thirty-two percent of respondents to the survey conducted by Southern Media & Opinion Research in late May said they would vote for Kennedy, a Republican, if the election were held then, compared to 10.1 percent for Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., and 5.2 percent for Rep. John Fleming, who are also Republicans.