Covering Louisiana

Oct 19, 2013 11:19 PM by Ian Auzenne

Riser, McAllister headed to runoff in Congressional race

Two republicans will face off against each other in the November 16 run-off in the Fifth Congressional District Race. State Senator Neil Riser and Monroe businessman Vance McAllister were the top two vote-getters in Saturday's primary. Riser picked up 32% of the vote, while McAllister received 18% of ballots cast.

The seat was vacated in August when longtime representative Rodney Alexander stepped down to become Governor Bobby Jindal's secretary of veterans' affairs.

Democrat James Mayo finished in third place, picking up 15% of the vote. Public service commissioner Clyde Holloway, who served in Congress from 1987 until 1993 as the representative from the now-defunct Eighth Congressional District, took fourth place with 11% of the vote.

Holloway carried the vote in St. Landry Parish, the only Acadiana parish inside the Fifth Congressional District. Holloway claimed 35% of the vote there. Riser received only 15% of the vote there, while McAllister gained a slim 6% in St. Landry Parish.




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