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All eyes on Louisiana's U.S. Senate race

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The 2014 campaign season has officially kicked off. And the entire country is watching the senate race happening right here in Louisiana.

We sat down with political analyst Joshua Stockley to discuss this very pivotal election.

It's an up-hill battle for Senator Mary Landrieu.

Not only are three republicans aggressively seeking her seat, but so are four others from her own party and one libertarian.

“In the senate we have a very exciting election a head of us. No particular surprises there. A three person field for all intents and purposes is Senator Landrieu, Representative Cassidy and of course, Colonel Rob Maness who is also running as well," Stockley said.  

Stockley says there's a lot a stake in this election.

"If you look across the United States, republicans are looking at the opportunity of regaining the majority in the senate. And there is no mathematical way republicans can become the majority in the senate without knocking off senator Landrieu,” Stockley said.  

Stockley also says seniority in the senate is in jeopardy.

"And after several terms she has been able to gain seniority with in her party. So she is important in terms of the committee she represents and the federal dollars she has the ability to bring to Louisiana," Stockley said.    

But while Cassidy and Maness are both republicans, Maness has the support of the Tea Party and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Cassidy has Capitol Hill experience and is being endorsed by a number of high ranking republicans.

"Every yard sign that goes up for Rob Maness is potentially a vote that could have gone to representative Cassidy. And the two of them fighting for republican votes could potentially push senator Landrieu into an outright victory," Stockley said.  

However, Stockley says there is a good chance Cassidy and Landrieu will probably see a run-off. He says Maness hasn't gained the traction he needs to override Cassidy's clout. And Stockley says never count Landrieu out. She has a history of pulling off some unlikely wins.

The candidates will square off in debate right here on KNOE in October before voters go to the polls on November 4th.
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