Elections

Huge number of Louisiana voters undecided about Senate race

Louisiana Senate candidates Rep. Bill Cassidy (left to right), and candidate Rob Maness, both Republicans; and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, participate in a debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., on Oct. 14, 2014.
Louisiana Senate candidates Rep. Bill Cassidy (left to right), and candidate Rob Maness, both Republicans; and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, participate in a debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., on Oct. 14, 2014. AP

The Louisiana U.S. Senate race is a wide open contest, according to a new statewide poll that found nearly one-fourth of those surveyed undecided.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., considered one of the country’s most vulnerable incumbents, leads with 36 percent. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has 32 percent, and Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness has 6 percent.

If no one gets a majority on election day, the top two finishers would vie again in a December runoff. In that case, Cassidy would poll 43 percent to Landrieu’s 40 percent.

The poll of 605 registered voters was conducted October 14 to19, 2014 by Multi-Quest International, based in Metairie, La. Margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points. The poll was conducted for Louisiana Raycom Media stations.

The poll could play a role in the final days, since anyone with 5 percent of more can participate in a televised debate Oct. 29.

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