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Posted: Monday, 21 October 2013 8:09AM

Did 'Duck Dynasty' influence primary?



Louisiana's 5th District congressional race will go to a runoff on November 16. State Senator Senator Neil Riser (R-Columbia) faces a political newcomer, Monroe businessman Vance McAllister.

Riser took a third of the vote Saturday, and University of Louisiana-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says McAllister came from behind to capture eighteen percent.

Stockley says McAllister's surprise success is partially due to an unlikely source.

"The Duck Dynasty endorsement, the endorsement by Phil Robertson, "Duck Commander," certainly played a huge role," Stockley said.

Stockley said voter dissatisfaction with what they perceive to be career politicians can also be behind McAllister's success.

"Vance McAllister benefited greatly with no political experience, for people who were looking for someone who may not seemingly be...'tainted' by the political process," Stockley explained.

So, on November 16, it will be two Republicans, Riser versus McAllister, to see who fills out the remainder of retired Congressman Rodney Alexander's term.

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People : Joshua StockleyNeil RiserPhil RobertsonRodney AlexanderVance McAllister
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