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Bitter Senate race between Landrieu and 2 GOP challengers at top of Louisiana ballot Tuesday

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — After an attack-heavy campaign season, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and her chief Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy were trying to wrangle last-minute votes in advance of Tuesday's election.

Landrieu had rallies Monday in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, while Cassidy knocked on doors in the Baton Rouge neighborhood where he grew up. GOP candidate Rob Maness (MAY-nuss), a tea party favorite, was in north Louisiana.

The incumbent senator is hoping to cobble together enough support to reach the voting hurdle to win outright Tuesday — and avoid another month of campaigning.

But an Election Day win is a long-shot, according to the polls. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the race goes to the runoff.

Voting opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday and runs through 8 p.m.

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