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Sarah Palin: Louisiana Senate race will be a 'shocker'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) thinks GOP candidate Rob Maness will deliver a surprise victory on Tuesday.

"Like a gator in the swamp, Col. Rob Maness may have been seen as sharply lurking, but is now ready to pounce," Palin told RealClearPolitics on Thursday. "It is time. This is the election that will be the shocker on Tuesday." Palin added that Louisiana would be "the epicenter of a political earthquake."

Polls have predicted a runoff between the incumbent, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), but Palin has faith in Maness, a retired Air Force colonel. Palin endorsed Maness for U.S. Senate in May, saying he is "a true conservative and a real warrior."

Maness has also received endorsements from Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. Cassidy, however, has the endorsement of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the state's vote, the top two candidates will enter a runoff on Dec. 6.