Obama backs Adrian Perkins for Louisiana's US Senate seat

September 25, 2020 - 01:10 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race, backing that could help the candidate consolidate Democratic support to his side in a race with several Democratic contenders.

Obama’s support for Perkins came in a list of dozens of endorsements for Democratic candidates in the Nov. 3 election that the former president released on Twitter. It was Obama’s only endorsement for a congressional candidate in Louisiana on the list.

Perkins is challenging Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy in a long-shot bid to unseat the incumbent, who is seeking a second six-year term. Cassidy, a doctor from Baton Rouge, has drawn 14 opponents in the race.

Perkins, in office as mayor since December 2018, is one of five Democratic contenders. He’s the highest-profile challenger to Cassidy, with degrees from West Point and Harvard and a military career that included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cassidy remains favored to win a second term, with a sizable campaign account and high name recognition in a red state where only one Democrat holds statewide office. President Donald Trump has endorsed Cassidy for reelection.


Photo: This Aug. 20, 2020 photo shows Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins at his office in Shreveport La. Perkins is entering Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race. He announced Wednesday that he's trying to unseat Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy in a last-minute entrance into the competition as the candidate signup period begins. (Henrietta Wildsmith/The Shreveport Times via AP)


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