- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

The National Rifle Association, eyeing a runoff in Louisiana’s closely watched Senate race, just reserved more than $1 million in airtime for the weeks following the Nov. 4 election, The New York Times reported.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to stave off Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and win a fourth term. The race is pivotal, as Republican try to gain six Senate seats and retake the majority, and the gun lobby appears to be covering all its bases in trying to unseat Mrs. Landrieu.

In Louisiana, a candidate has to win at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off between the top-two vote getters. There is another Republican in the race, retired Col. Rob Maness, which could further splinter the electorate.

The Times reports that other GOP partisans are reserving airtime in case of a runoff, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee ($3 million) and Freedom Partners (more than $1 million).

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