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Question looms as to whether Cassidy can avoid a runoff

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - If Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) does not get more than 50 percent of the vote this Election Day he will be forced into a runoff later in the year. 15 candidates have their eyes set on this Senate seat, but experts say Cassidy is no doubt the frontrunner.

Among those trying to unseat Cassidy is Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. Perkins has the backing of the Democratic Party, but election forecasters think it will take a lot to take down Cassidy, an incumbent Republican in a state that is still considered one of the most conservative in the country.

Robert Hogan, a political expert from Louisiana State University said Cassidy is the favorite to win, but Perkins and the other candidates may take a chunk out of his support and prevent him from getting over that 50 percent threshold that would put him in a December runoff with the other top vote-getting candidate.

“You could have a situation where there are some surprises, but I think Cassidy has a pretty secure seat given, just given the dynamics of the state. Bill Cassidy has been a very staunch supporter of President Trump. Trump won Louisiana with 58 percent of the vote in the last election. He’s likely to do very well in the current election,” said Hogan.

Polls close in Louisiana at 8pm.

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