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Final senate debate big opportunity for candidates

Senate Candidate forum  (Source: WAFB) Senate Candidate forum (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -  The stage is set for the last debate between Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challengers Representative Bill Cassidy and Col. Rob Maness.  It's a big opportunity near the end of a tight race, says political analyst Clay Young.

"One bad stumble in this final debate could have a ripple effect on Tuesday," said Young. 

The last time these three candidates met, they sounded off on a range of topics from the military to student debt.  Young suspects that this time, immigration and the Affordable Care Act will play a big role. 

"For Senator Landrieu she wants to make the case that she's solid, she's been there. She's got the seniority and we shouldn't lose that. For Congressman Cassidy, he's tying her to president Obama whose popularity is waning. We need someone new with fresher ideas and they've got to make that case without a stumble," said Young. 

The numbers for early voting turnout should be announced early Wednesday morning. 

The Senate Debate will air live on WAFB Wednesday night at 7 p.m.  A programming note, the show "Survivor" will air later at 12:35 a.m. Thursday.

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