Candidate bridges tea party, establishment divide

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Updated: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:18:20 EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Republican Party's identity crisis is veering off script in a special congressional election in northern Louisiana.

Conservative activists and the mainstream establishment are involved in the two-Republican runoff Saturday in the 5th Congressional District.

But the battle between political newcomer Vance McAllister and state Sen. Neil Riser isn't tea party outsider vs. the chamber of commerce politician.

Instead, Riser doubles as both the establishment candidate and the tea party favorite, promoting his experience but promising strident opposition to President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in the district.

McAllister, meanwhile, has embraced his outsider status.

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