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Landrieu faces tough fight in runoff

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BATON ROUGE- Political analysts who lean to the right and the left believe Mary Landrieu needs to change her strategy in order for her to have a chance in the December runoff.

Tuesday night, Congressman Bill Cassidy fell right behind Landrieu, who is fighting for another term in office. Republican newcomer, Rob Maness garnered nearly 200,000 votes and analysts believe Landrieu will have to work extremely hard to get any of those votes.

"It's a waste," Roy Fletcher said. "A waste of time, effort and energy."

Fletcher said the solid footing Cassidy received, coupled with the votes for Maness which will likely now go to Cassidy, are reasons why Landrieu needs to change her game plan.

"I would suggest she gracefully bows out of this race and goes home," Fletcher said. "That's what she ought to do. Save the state this fight. Bill Cassidy is going to win this race."

Landrieu made a public appearance at the VA Hospital in New Orleans Wednesday. Cassidy made none. Everyone agrees, the fight for Landrieu to keep her job will be tough.

"She did very poorly with white voters on Tuesday," Political Analyst Bob Mann said. "She got 18% of white vote. In 2008, when she won re-election she got 33% of the vote. Her white numbers caved."

Getting that vote for Landrieu won't be easy.

"She's got to change her message somehow," Mann said. "She's got to find out what resonates with enough white voters to get those numbers to 30%...or she cannot win."

Both analysts say despite republicans gaining control of the Senate, both sides will spend a lot of money on this runoff in a push to get every last vote.


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