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U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, racks up GOP endorsements

Becomes Mary Landrieu's main challenger

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  U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, continues to garner the lion's share of GOP endorsements, solidifying his position as not only the "mainstream" Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu but also her "main" challenger.

  Last week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has a large following on the GOP's right flank, endorsed Cassidy several days after the Greater New Orleans Republicans gave its official backing to him — and a week after the Republican executive committees in Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes voted to endorse him.

  The area GOP endorsements are especially important to Cassidy because both of his main Republican rivals in this year's Senate contest are from St. Tammany — retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is from Madisonville and state Rep. Paul Hollis is from Mandeville.

  For his part, Maness has landed endorsements from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and from the Tea Party Express, as well as several pro-Second Amendment groups. Hollis, who is in the business of rare coins, has been endorsed by the Gold and Silver PAC.

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