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Mary Landrieu & Bill Cassidy call on familiar faces for support before Senate election

Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson, M.D. made appearances in the New Orleans area Saturday stumping for the candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat. The events come just three days before voters head to the polls.

In what's being described as a very tight race, Senator Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy pulled out the big guns this weekend, hoping some political star power would generate votes.

At the Sugar Mill in New Orleans, Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of women voters about why Landrieu deserves to keep her senate seat. “You know where she stands, working for better jobs, better wages, better schools, helping the young people of this state have the tools, the training, the education they need to get those good jobs for the future,” Clinton said.

In Abita Springs, Republican power player Ben Carson, M.D. and the Northshore Tea Party rallied behind Cassidy.

Carson said of Cassidy, “In order to do what we need to do in this country, it's going to require courage. He has a vision that is consistent with the kind of vision that will be necessary in order to save our nation.”

Also in the area Saturday, the other candidate running for the senate seat, Republican Rob Maness. The Tea Party candidate greeted supporters at a donut shop in St. Bernard Parish.

Despite the Tea Party's support of Maness, Cassidy's camp attempted to lure some of that party to their side, with Saturday's event in Abita Springs. Cassidy told the crowd it's time for change in Washington. Speaking of himself Cassidy said, “If Bill Cassidy is elected, there will be a conservative majority, our country goes in a different direction and the American dream becomes real once more.”

As the state's senior senator, Landrieu is attempting to hold on to the position she's held for 18 years. Her experience, she believes, is what will move Louisiana forward. “I've now worked with three U.S. Presidents, four majority leaders and six governors, and I know how to get work done for you no matter what the lineup in Washington is and no matter how grid locked it might be, we can still deliver,” said Landrieu.

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide.

A poll on the website, Real Clear Politics, says Landrieu and Cassidy will be forced into a runoff after the primary next week. The poll shows Landrieu getting 38 percent of the vote, Cassidy, 33 percent and Maness, eight percent. Another poll on the site shows Cassidy will win the run off in December by a slim margin.

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