BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former congressman and Public Service Commissioner Clyde C. Holloway is supporting political newcomer, Republican businessman Vance McAllister, in the runoff for the vacant 5th Congressional District seat.

Holloway, a Republican from Forest Hill, received nearly 11 percent of the vote to finish fourth in the Oct. 19 open primary election that had 14 candidates. The third-place finisher, Democratic Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, also has endorsed McAllister.

State Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, finished first in the primary with nearly 32 percent of the votes cast. McAllister finished a distant second with almost 18 percent of the vote.

Holloway described McAllister as a "sound conservative" while contending that Riser is answering to political interests.

The runoff election is Nov. 16.