Former U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness is urging the more than 200,000 Louisiana residents who voted for him the Nov. 4 U.S. Senate election to vote for U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in the Dec. 6 runoff.

Maness pledged to "hit the road hard for Dr. Cassidy these next 26 days to make sure we finally bring Mary Landrieu home."

At what was dubbed a unity rally yesterday in Baton Rouge, Cassidy also received praise from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Paul is widely expected to make a run for the White House in 2016.

The rally came a day after the campaign for incumbent Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu released an ad questioning Cassidy's ability to lead and which featured Cassidy stumbling over his words during a speech in May. Conservatives across the state called the ad an act of desperation on the part of Landrieu.

She and Cassidy were the two top vote-getters last Tuesday.