GOP Works To Keep Voters' Interest For Senate Race

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has cast his ballot early, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen away from people's minds as they focus on the holidays.

         Cassidy is the front-runner in the race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. He's hoping to maintain that position with a series of high-profile events from GOP heavyweights in advance of the Dec. 6 election. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was rallying with him Tuesday.

         As he voted early Tuesday morning, Cassidy said voters should view the nation's last Senate race as "Louisiana's chance to put an exclamation mark" on the Republican surge in the midterm election cycle.

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         Landrieu is trying to gain ground with attack ads against Cassidy, but she faces an uphill climb to a fourth term.

         – by AP Reporter Melinda Deslatte

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