5th District

Politics
4:53 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Will New Congressman Make a Mark with Pragmatism?

Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.

McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.

State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP,  had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.

And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner.

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Politics
5:54 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Political Rookie Pulls Off Surprise Win In Louisiana

Vance McAllister, shown in a photo provided by his campaign, will be the next representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District after winning Saturday's special election.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 7:11 pm

Republicans are still trying to make sense of Saturday's election results in Louisiana.

In an upset, GOP political newcomer Vance McAllister handily defeated fellow Republican Neil Riser Saturday in a special election runoff that tested the party's approach toward Obamacare.

Riser had the backing of the Republican establishment and Tea Party groups. McAllister was buoyed by endorsements from two local African-American leaders and the family featured in the popular reality television series Duck Dynasty.

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Politics
10:34 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Newcomer Trounces State Senator for Congressional Seat

Support from the bearded men of the popular reality TV show combined with a deep pool of personal wealth has helped vault Republican political newcomer Vance McAllister into Congress.

He'll represent Louisiana's 5th District.

McAllister crushed GOP state Sen. Neil Riser in a special runoff Saturday, winning the race by 20 percentage points.

A political unknown only three months ago, McAllister managed to distinguish himself among a pack of 14 candidates to get into the runoff — with little outside help, no prior name recognition and no heavyweight fundraising.

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