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Ex-Gov. Edwards, Monroe Mayor seek House upsets

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago December 06, 2014 Dec 6, 2014 Saturday, December 06 2014 December 06, 2014 5:22 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

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.

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