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Dems Funnel Millions To Louisiana Longshot

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Democrats nationwide poured millions into Louisiana Senate candidate Foster Campbell, despite the fact that he faces a 14 point deficit in recent polling, according to a Saturday report from Politico.

Campbell will face off against Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy on Dec. 10, but currently trails in the polls, earning a paltry 38 percent compared to Kennedy’s 52 percent in the most recent poll, according to Politico. Despite that deficit, Campbell earned $2.5 million in the last month, $1.7 million of which came from small donations. Kennedy raised $1.6 million in the same period.

Trump won the state by 20 points, earning 58 percent compared to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s 38 percent, a fact the Republican candidate is exploiting in the days leading up to the runoff election.

“I’ve been with our new president from day one,” Kennedy says in a television ad. “Because I believe we don’t have time for political correctness anymore. And the swamp in Washington, D.C., has to be drained.”

Campbell tried to paint Kennedy as someone who thinks only of his own career in his remarks to Politico. “He’s been a Democrat. He’s been a Republican. John Kennedy’s been everything but a Baptist preacher,” Campbell said in a phone interview. “John Kennedy’s been what’s best for John Kennedy.”

Kennedy staffers also used the huge increase in fundraising to tie the candidate to “Democrats from California,” “West Coast liberals think they can buy this election for Foster Campbell,” Kennedy spokesman Lionel Rainey said. “John Kennedy has received the support of donors from across Louisiana who understand he is the only conservative in this race who supports our values. Foster Campbell represents the views of Democrats from California.”

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