NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to fire up her Democratic base, Sen. Mary Landrieu got a boost from Hillary Rodham Clinton with only days remaining before Election Day.

The former secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential candidate drew hundreds Saturday at a New Orleans rally. Clinton described Landrieu as "a woman with a big heart and a spine of steel," saying that's what Louisiana needs.

In Abita Springs, Landrieu's chief Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, received backing at a tea party rally with Ben Carson. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who has become popular among his party's conservative base and a possible candidate for the 2016 presidential campaign.

Carson says Cassidy "carries conservative values" and was better positioned to defeat Landrieu than the other GOP candidate and tea party favorite, Rob Maness.

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