McAllister trounces Riser with "Duck Dynasty" help

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Call it the "Duck Dynasty" bump.

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.

His entire candidacy caught political insiders by surprise.

McAllister ran as a political outsider, capitalizing on voter frustration with politicians and Congress. The backing of the "Duck Dynasty" family drew initial attention to his campaign.

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