Ex-Gov. Edwards, Monroe Mayor seek House upsets
NEW ORLEANS - Two open congressional seats remained up for grabs in Louisiana after last month's elections, and two veteran Democrats - former Gov. Edwin Edwards and longtime Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo - were hoping for upset runoff victories in the conservative, Republican-leaning districts.
The 87-year-old Edwards sought a political comeback after more than eight years in prison. His opponent Saturday in the Baton Rouge area's 6th District was Garret Graves, a Republican who most recently served as Gov. Bobby Jindal's coastal restoration chief.
Mayo faced a Republican physician, Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish, in northeast Louisiana's 5th District. As in the 6th District, the GOP candidate is favored. The winner succeeds Vance McAllister, a married Republican ousted by voters after video surfaced showing him kissing a woman other than his wife.