Edwards, Graves to face off in Dist. 6 runoff
BATON ROUGE - Voters in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District sent former governor Edwin Edwards and former coastal restoration official Garret Graves into a runoff Tuesday night.
The two netted the highest totals as early results came in out of a crowded field for the seat, which incumbent Rep. Bill Cassidy left to pursue Mary Landrieu's Senate seat.
"Looking forward to vigorous race," Edwards said at a party with his supporters, "I'll be on the trail everyday until Dec. 6."
The sixth district race is attracting national attention because the field includes Edwards who is trying to re-enter politics after serving time in federal prison for racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy convictions.
Graves spent six years as the chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and represented the state in negotiations with BP after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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