Boustany backs Kennedy, Fayard backs Campbell in Senate race

Boustany backs Kennedy in Louisiana Senate race

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Latest on Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

The Republican third-place finisher in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race has endorsed his one-time GOP rival for the Dec. 10 runoff.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany announced Tuesday he’s backing Treasurer John Kennedy, in his one-on-one competition against Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

In a short statement, Boustany urged his supporters to vote for Kennedy. The two men had traded attacks ahead of this month’s primary, with a super PAC supporting Kennedy heavily hitting Boustany.

The congressman said of his support for Kennedy: “Republicans who care about the future of our country need a Republican in the Senate who will work with Donald Trump to roll back the failed liberal policies of President Obama.”

Earlier Tuesday, the fourth-place finisher in the race, Democratic lawyer Caroline Fayard announced her backing of Campbell.

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10:20 a.m.

Democrat Foster Campbell has picked up the endorsement of the fourth-place finisher in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race, Caroline Fayard, a Democrat who had tried to link Campbell to white supremacist David Duke.

Fayard announced her backing of Campbell on Tuesday in a statement, saying she supports the state utility regulator in the Dec. 10 runoff against Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy.

Fayard described herself as “happy to stand with Democrats across our state and country in support” of Campbell.

The competition between Fayard and Campbell had been particularly bitter ahead of the Senate primary election earlier this month.

Campbell criticized Fayard’s family, her experience and her wealth. Fayard in return sought to tie Campbell to Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader who also ran unsuccessfully for the Senate seat.

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