Voters in Louisiana have long been considered forgiving when it comes to re-electing politicians with a checkered past. And Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) is no exception to that cliche.
Known as Louisiana’s ‘kissing congressman,’ McAllister is leading a new poll with 27 percent of the vote. The Glascock Group, headed by veteran pollster Darrell Glascock, conducted the poll which was solely based on the 5th congressional district race.
Following McAllister is Monroe’s Democrat Mayor Jamie Mayo with 21 percent of the vote. Republican Ralph Abraham follows Mayo with 18 percent and “Duck Dynasty” cousin Zach Dasher with 14 percent.
Republican Harris Brown, a Monroe businessman, fell behind with 9 percent and Libertarian candidate Clay Grant of Boyce, La. came in last, polling at 5 percent.
Brown, however, has garnered the most campaign cash out of all of the 5th congressional district candidates.
After deducting both money reserved for use in the December 6 general election and expenditures to date, Brown has $208,931.73 in campaign funds that can be spent in the November 4 primary election.
In “cash on hand”, Brown leads both Dr. Ralph Abraham, who has $123,076.46, and Zach Dasher, who has $121,745.20, once dollars that cannot be spent until after the November primary and campaign expenses to date have been deducted.
While leading polling, McAllister is clearly not leading in campaign cash, nor is he leading in a possible run-off.
In the same Glascock poll, when it came to a runoff, 35 percent said they would vote for the incumbent, 36 percent said they would vote for his opponent and 29 percent said they would want to see who he faced before deciding.
Glascock’s poll was based on 519 likely voters throughout the 5th congressional district.