Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Did the state close last year's books with a surplus or a deficit?

With her political future in jeopardy, Sen. Mary Landrieu is turning to a natural constituent base in her re-election bid.

The messaging battle, however, isn't tied to individual campaign accounts. Third-party groups have poured millions of dollars into advertising.

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Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration, against claims from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy that a vote to re-elect the Democratic incumbent was a vote for Barack Obama.

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