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La. Tea Party Senate Candidate Jumps On Over-The-Counter Bandwagon

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Maness' Senate campaign, which currently finds itself in third place in the race, pushed out a story from the New Orleans Times-Picayune highlighting his statement saying that he has endorsed prescription-free access to birth control.

"The idea that Republicans are somehow against birth control is just ridiculous," Maness (pictured) said. "I believe any adult who wants to purchase contraception should have the right to purchase it without a prescription."

The statement is the latest example of a GOP Senate hopeful touting his support for easily accessible birth control. A day earlier, at a debate in North Carolina, House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) made sure to let the audience know that he supported over-the-counter birth control. And before that Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the Senate candidate in Colorado, recently released an ad touting his support for over-the-counter birth control.

The Times-Picayune notes that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the other two candidates in the Louisiana Senate race, haven't publicly stated a position on the public sale of over-the-counter contraception.

The TPM Polltracker average finds Landrieu with a 17 point advantage in Louisiana's open Senate primary.