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December 1, 2015

Newcomer McAllister Wins Special Election in Louisiana

GOP businessman Vance McAllister won a special election in Louisiana’s 5th District Saturday night, stunning the heir apparent in the contest to become the next member of Congress.

McAllister, a self-funding newcomer, defeated Republican state Sen. Neil Riser 58 percent to 42 percent, with 78 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Riser had long been considered a shoo-in to win the special election to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned over the summer to take a post in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.

In the Oct. 16 open primary, Riser captured 32 percent of the vote to McAllister’s 18 percent, making him the favorite going into Saturday’s race.

Riser also raised more and spent more than McAllister did, and he had the backing of House GOP leadership, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and many House Republicans from Louisiana.

However McAllister’s self-described “outsider” status, as well as some help from the popular reality show family featured on “Duck Dynasty,” helped him pull out a win in the race.

Abby Livingston contributed to this report. 

  • truthseeker53

    Maybe the sheeple are wising up. Anything the RNC/DNC dishes up and supports is the wrong choice. Glad to hear this.

  • renfriend

    Maybe he won because he supports the Medicaid/ACA Act expansion in his state?

  • eaglechick

    Self funded…must understand economics, hope in a conservative way. He will now be playing with our money. Must watch actions.

  • Grace656

    Each of us who are conservative first and republican second should concentrate on our state legislative campaigns. Win these races and you’ve helped the country as a whole.

  • oneanswer

    Maybe he won because people are sick and tired of the established RNC/DNC and all of their I’m in this for what “I” get out of it. Screw the American people.Why would I think that? There are many words but I’ll just use one. Obamacare. True the RNC didn’t vote for O but they also have squandered different opportunities to do some major damage to this train wreck we are experiencing,

  • pdigaudio

    Another GOP Establishment assclown bites the dust. He had Eric Cantor’s back. Cantor’s chief of staff, mind you, worked for Terry McAuliffe in the VA Governor’s race. Go ahead, Karl Rove, keep declaring war on your base of voters and acting like a party commisar trying to give your voters a slate of candidates they “have” to vote for.

  • Alice

    My suggestion for strategy for years. Start at the bottom, get the lead out and move up. Control the Congress and straighten the mess out.

  • Chrisput

    This is great, great news. Now it’s time to take out that idiot Mary Landrieu in 2014. She is an embarrassment to the state of Louisiana.

  • adamamy

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, but it is still troublesome, to me, that he supports Medicaid/ACA. Something should have been done with Medcaid to take care of he 20%, poor & sick that can’t afford insurance, without destroing the insurance of 80% of the rest of the country. If you let the free market work, and allowed us to buy insurance across state lines, implement Torte Reform and allow us to have HSAs, then the price would go down for our insurance. We all know that competition lowers prices. It’s about time, and past time, for the Republicans to put out that bill. At least we won’t have to hear the Democrats saying, “where is the GOP bill”.

  • DirtyDeedsDoneDirtCheap

    I live in the La. 5th Congressional District. McCallister is a great guy, Christian and self-funded, but he does support opening the Medicaid floodgates and Comprehensive Immigration reform. McCalllister made his money in oilfield technology and in construction. Like most business people he thinks having 20-30 million newly minted green cards in the hands of a mostly unskilled and uneducated labor force is just great for business. I was no big fan of Riser, but I couldn’t vote for “Duck Dynasty’s” candidate because of these two issues.

  • DirtyDeedsDoneDirtCheap

    Watch what you ask and vote for Republicans! I live in the La. 5th Congressional District. Vance McAllister is a great guy, Christian and self-funded, but he does support opening the Medicaid floodgates and Comprehensive Immigration reform. McAllister made his money in oilfield technology and in construction. Like most business people, he thinks having 20-30 million newly minted green cards in the hands of a mostly unskilled and uneducated once illegal labor force is just great for business. I was no big fan of Riser, but I couldn’t vote for “Duck Dynasty’s” candidate because of these two issues.

  • Winghunter

    Apparently, like all his other RINO decisions, McConnell’s declaration of war against the Tea Party wasn’t a very smart move.
    Now lets make sure McAllister is actually a Conservative and remains one!

  • Winghunter

    Isn’t that the same miserable harpy who threatened to punch a sitting president – twice!?

  • August James

    You get it, you actually get it. Too bad more of us don’t.

  • Thought Criminal #1

    So, if a RINO falls over dead and the media isn’t there, does it make a sound?

  • @ManeCoon51

    This is a great win for Louisiana. Now, focus on ousting Mary Landrieu and Louisiana will be solidly RED. It also sends a message to the GOP that we aren’t settling for their crummy candidates.

  • Betty Caron

    Louisiana is one of the poorest states. If you look at everything from the GOP Governor down, who refuses money for the people of Louisiana to make their life better, you know why. It’s a red state with some of the poorest people, least insured, lowest wages, more high school dropouts, etc. Wake up Louisiana, your government isn’t working in your best interests.

  • GlarryB

    Politics in Louisiana are different than anywhere else in the country. Ya never know what the outcome is gonna be

  • Winghunter

    Send him these:

    Ronald Reagan’s Biggest Mistake – According to Reagan Himself

    Amnesty Won’t Elect Republicans

  • Winghunter

    Problem is, there were SEVERAL GOP bills that Reid refused to be debated much less voted on.
    While Boehner and McConnell said nothing!

  • Winghunter

    Government must steal at least $3 bucks for every dollar that it hands out! How is that “working” in a FREE citizenry’s best interests!? Government is NOT an extension of your parents!
    There’s nothing like having a clue what you’re talking about, try it sometime.

  • Joseph Kerns

    Don,t discourage Karl Rove we need him. He is a loser and a want to be. Thank you Karl.

  • Bob Trelka

    Were going to weed these pubes out. Thanks D.D.

  • Joseph Kerns

    If this is the case and he supports the republican agenda. ilegals and Obamacare why did not the republican party not support him. That is their agenda.

  • betspotter

    Happy, happy, happy.

  • alwaysguapo

    Something great is happening in the conservative grass roots! Conservative principles work best for the country. Liberals will take notice and vote for Republicans again when they see we mean business. Why? Because they can see the benefits too. (Hush: Most of them want ‘equality’ but are not enthused about paying for all the people who don’t want to work).

  • excopconservative

    The Republican establishment is dominated by Republicans In Name Only (RINOs), what we used to call the Rockefeller Republicans. Republican voters supported him and that’s what matters.

  • David Steinle

    Why is everyone so darn happy over McAllister winning? He got almost all of the left wing vote. The analysis will show any blacks who voted in this election voted almost unanimously for McAllister. So did the white Democrats. And McAllister does not support full repeal of Obamacare, unlike Riser.

    You need to understand how Louisiana elections work. It’s a two-round wide open system. If nobody gets an outright majority in the first election, there is a runoff between the top two candidates. In this case, the top two in the first election were Republicans. McAllister happened to get the support of Duck Dynasty and financed his own campaign, and all of the Democrats endorsed him. Riser had the support of the Tea Party AND the establishment.

    Don’t celebrate, Tea Partiers. McAllister is a wolf in sheep’s clothing who will be voting like a RINO. This is a bad sign.

  • David Steinle

    Hey dummy, McAllister had the black vote and the white liberal vote. How is this a good deal?

  • David Steinle

    He is a faux conservative. He does not support repeal of Obamacare, and he got the left wing vote.

  • David Steinle

    McAllister is a faux conservative. He got all the left wing vote, and he is not supporting repeal of Obamacare.

  • David Steinle

    Great win for Louisiana? Who are you kidding? McAllister is a faux conservative. He got all the left wing vote and does not support repealing Obamacare.

  • David Steinle

    So Betty, you would support a return from failed reality star Edwin Edwards, who robbed the state blind during his four terms as governor and served almost 10 years in the federal slammer? Or Kathleen Babble-O Blank-O, who seriously FAILED during Katrina? Those were your most recent left wing governors.

  • Missgto

    The establishment hacks and Carl Rove must have been “golfing”

  • Mari Soares Alvarez

    Good news indeed! Anyone Rove or his RNC cohorts push should have conservatives running away FAST!

  • eaglechick

    Well that’s not good.

  • DirtyDeedsDoneDirtCheap

    I live in the La. 5th Congressional District, and in Louisiana we have an open primary system. Vance McAllister was elected because he received nearly 100% of the Democratic Vote. State Sen. Riser was an establishment conservative and had the backing of Gov. Jindal, and he was hated by the Liberal Democrats. The lefties are jumping up in down in my district, because McAllister is for Amnesty (Comprehensive Immigration Reform) and accepts the ACA as law, and for the expansion of Medicaid. I couldn’t vote for McAllister because of these two issues.

  • DirtyDeedsDoneDirtCheap

    You have the election pegged perfectly.

  • DirtyDeedsDoneDirtCheap

    Sorry sir, but you are wrong. In La. we have an open primary system and the liberal Democrats went to the polls to vote against Gov. Jindal’s candidate of choice, and in turn gave McAllister a landslide victory.

  • adamamy

    I agree with you. However, the GOP forgot to talk about the bill they put out and what they put in the bill that allowed the free market to work. They should have been repeating time after time, what was in the bill. Then the people, you and I could have talked about it. GOP needs to do a lot more talking about what was in their bill. Reid is a jerk and we all know he won’t bring any of them up for a vote, but at least if the GOP talk and talk a lot, we then have ammunition, instead of listening to the Libs say, we did nothing.

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  • Defend Liberty

    While democratic processes rely on majority opinion, this does not imply that today’s majority view will also be tomorrow’s majority view.

  • Mike Bittner

    David..instead of saying over and over again the same things, would you mind backing up your claim that he is a faux conservative?!?! I just went looking for info on this guy and he says over and over that he will fight to repeal Obamacare, among other things. Thanks in advance!

  • jamesbbkk

    It’s important that people like this not have a voice in government, on account of how well those that have been in charge have been doing.

  • rskender

    Judging from their campaign websites Riser is more conservative. Their stands on the issues are almost identical, but Riser is definitely pro border security and anti-amnesty, while McAllister’s website doesn’t say a thing about either of those issues.

  • Mr. G. G. Garcia

    Maybe this win will help do away with the idea that big money insures success at the polls. Victory remains with the candidate with the fire in the belly, campaign know how, integrity: the best offering in the race.

  • Layla

    Rove doesn’t golf, he plots.

  • Layla

    They are doing that in more and more states with open primary systems. Close them out, run somebody.

  • Layla

    ANY member of the GOP who supports amnesty is going to be a dead duck on election day. This is going to be a two issue election:

    1. Amnesty and 2. Obamacare.

  • Layla

    And then show up in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to vote out Dems and RINOS.

  • Layla

    That’s because they came from the Senate Conservatives Fund, the REAL CONSERVATIVES (DEMINT), and not Rove’s stable.

  • Rob_Chapman

    McAllister, a self-funding newcomer, defeated Republican state Sen. Neil Riser

    This could be an example of democracy for sale.

    Something the TEA Party and RINO hunters of the this spool apparently believe is superior to qualified candidates being elected.

  • David Steinle

    Well this time the “establishment” candidate also had the backing of the Tea Party. McAllister was running on the Duck Dynasty money and he is a faux conservative. He does support Obamacare. He does support more Medicaid. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • war_blur

    “Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister, who campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian and devoted husband and father, was caught in video surveillance two days before Christmas passionately embracing and kissing one of his congressional aides.”

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