Republican voters in Louisiana are apparently all-in for the upcoming Dec. 6 Senate runoff race featuring Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy, her GOP challenger — and that could mean trouble for the incumbent.
Citing information from the Secretary of State's office, The Times-Picayune reports
some 85,900 registered Republicans voted early last week — almost 3,000 more early voters compared to the Nov. 4 election — and represents a 4 percent hike in early voting overall from a month ago.
A new ad from Landrieu suggests President Barack Obama will be impeached if Cassidy wins the race.
The ad, posted on BuzzFeed
on Monday, is authorized by the Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana, with Landrieu's blessing.
Narrated by Rep. Cedric Richmond, the ad asks: "Have you heard the crazy stuff Bill Cassidy, Bobby Jindal, and the Republicans are always saying about President Obama?
"They have shown our president so much disrespect. They said he wasn't a U.S. citizen, they even sued him — and if Cassidy wins, they will impeach him."
Richmond also implores voters to "have [Obama's] back."
"The president needs you to have his back — now, more than ever," the ad states. "Show Bill Cassidy and [Gov.] Bobby Jindal that we don't want to go backwards and let them shut down government — where people don't have affordable healthcare, and our country was in terrible shape."
The GOP jump in early voting is noteworthy in light of the 10 percent drop in overall early voting from the November primary to the December runoff, the Times-Picayune reports.
The number of registered Democrats who voted early fell about 18 percent from the primary to the runoff, the newspaper reports.
"We have a lot of volunteers on the ground for the runoff, and we are encouraging people to take advantage of [early voting]," said Jason Dore, executive director of Louisiana's Republican Party.
Early voters made up 16 percent of the electorate in the Nov. 4 primary. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the early voting period for the Dec. 6 election was two days shorter than the early voting period before the Nov. 4 midterm election.
"By definition, you don't get absent-minded voters or people who haven't made up their minds yet," Pearson Cross, a professor at the University of Louisiana, told the newspaper about early voting.
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