A new poll shows Republican congressman Bill Cassidy gaining a three-point lead among likely voters versus incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu in the close Louisiana Senate race.
Rasmussen Reports says Cassidy leads Landrieu 44–41, while 9 percent prefer a different candidate and 6 percent have yet to decide. A July Rasmussen poll had Landrieu at 46 and Cassidy at 43, but the incumbent’s support has since waned amid new reports that have raised questions about Landrieu’s residency status.
According to the Washington Post, Landrieu claimed her Washington, D.C., home as her address on her statement of candidacy filed in January, but listed her parents’ home address in New Orleans when qualifying for the ballot in August. And in her second year as a senator, Landrieu requested that the registrar of voters in New Orleans send all “vote related correspondence” to her home in Washington, according to The Weekly Standard.
A new ad hits Landrieu as “the senator representing the District of Columbia” in a new ad. Cassidy needs to do more than just get more votes than Landrieu this fall, though: Louisiana’s November election is a “jungle primary” in which other Republicans are running, and it’s quite unlikely that any candidate will get to the 50 percent needed to win the seat outright. The top two vote-getters, almost surely Landrieu and Cassidy, will then face off in a two-candidate race at the beginning of December.