No TV debates in Louisiana US Senate race ahead of election

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., delivers remarks to media after registering as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy won’t square off in person with his primary Democratic challenger or any of his 14 opponents ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

This will mark Louisiana’s first Senate race in more than 20 years not to feature a TV debate.

Cassidy’s campaign says he hasn’t gotten a “firm invitation” to a television debate. His chief Democratic opponent, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, says Cassidy is ducking debates.

This race will be Louisiana’s first U.S. Senate competition without the major contenders on a TV stage hashing out the issues since 1998. The last time it happened then-Democratic incumbent Sen. John Breaux refused to debate his main opponent.

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