Duck Dynasty Power: Candidate Endorsed by Cast Member Wins LA House Seat
Businessman and political newcomer Republican Vance McAllister, who was endorsed by Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, won a Louisiana special election for Congress on Saturday.
McAllister defeated Republican state Senator Neil Riser 60% to 40% to represent Louisiana's fifth Congressional District. In the October 15 open primary, Riser got 32% of the vote while McAllister got 18%.
"I'm so humbled. So humbled. This is such a great monumental win—victory," McAllister said Saturday night. "(This race) was never about why not to vote for Neil Riser. It was about why to vote for Vance McAllister."
The election was held after Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) vacated the seat when he abruptly retired from Congress to take a post in Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. In Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer's Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, Alexander is featured in one of the chapters because he funneled $130,000 from his "leadership PAC," which Schweizer depicts as a "slush fund," to his two daughters for campaign work during the last election cycle in which he ran unopposed.
Duck Dynasty's Robertson, who some expected to run for the seat, endorsed McAllister on Wednesday, calling him a "good buddy" who "can turn Washington around."