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Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Crazy Like a Bayou Fox-Interesting WaTi story on the National Republican Senatorial Committee buying $500K of ads for moderate Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell in the Louisiana senate race. John Cooksey, a more-conservative Republican congressman who's in the race, seems to be the favorite on the GOP side, so conservative are crying foul. I was about to agree with them, but I'm thinking that it might be a wise move. Remember the Louisiana election system has no primary, so all candidates, regardless of party, get to run in the general election. If no one gets 50%, there's a run-off. There's a fear that Mary Landrieu can get to 50%. Backing Terrell might grab some soccer moms away from Landrieu and ensure a run-off, in which a lower turnout will help Republicans. As long as the Terrell ads don't blast Cooksey, it seems to be a winner for the GOP as a whole. The Terrell ads can blast Landrieu while Cooksey could play good cop.

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