PINEVILLE— In what’s turned out to be a largely joyless midterm congressional election, one state has upheld its reputation as a rollicking and colorful battleground, even if that’s not always intentional.

Want to see a three-term senator squirt beer into a football fan’s mouth as the fan does a “keg stand”? Come to Louisiana.

How about a crusty character trying to return to Congress after a decades-long absence? Actually, Louisiana has two such candidates, but only one spent eight years in prison.

Elsewhere, campaigning has been marked by torrents of negative ads, numbingly familiar attacks on President Barack Obama’s health law and millions


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