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Early voting data looks troublesome for Landrieu

Early voting data looks troublesome for Landrieu

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) —Early voting data shows long odds for re-election for Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu against frontrunner Republican Bill Cassidy.

More than 24,000 fewer people cast ballots early for Saturday's runoff election than in advance of the Nov. 4 primary. And there were more white and Republican voters than there were last month, when Landrieu got only 42 percent support.

The Democratic incumbent needs strong turnout from black voters and improved support from white voters. But if early voting is a strong indication, black voter interest has dropped.

In the latest weeklong early voting period, only 28 percent of voters were black, though they make up 31 percent of Louisiana's registered voters.

Landrieu and Cassidy faced off Monday night in the only runoff debate.

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