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Downer not dropping out of 3rd District GOP runoff

4 years ago Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:53:02 PM CDT August 31, 2010 Tuesday, August 31 2010 Aug 31, 2010 in News
Source: Associated Press

Republican candidate Hunt Downer says he won't end his bid for the GOP nomination in the southeastern Louisiana-based 3rd Congressional District, despite suggestions he should drop out.

Downer, a former Louisiana House speaker, fell far behind opponent Jeff Landry in last week's Republican primary. Landry barely missed an outright victory with just under 50 percent of the vote. Downer had 36 percent. A third candidate, Kristian Magar, placed a distant third, but forced the Oct. 2 runoff between Downer and Landry.

Magar has refused to endorse a candidate, a blow to Downer, who had hoped to get Magar's support and bolster his tea party credentials.

Meanwhile, the Tea Party of Louisiana, one of several tea party groups in the district, urged Downer to exit the race so Landry can focus on the Democratic nominee, rather than a Republican runoff.

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