Felder drops out, endorses Claitor in 6th Dist.
NEW ORLEANS - The field of Republicans hoping to take over the congressional seat being vacated by Bill Cassidy has narrowed.
Attorney Cassie Felder dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed state Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge.
Felder announced her decision on her campaign website and in an interview on a Baton Rouge radio show.
Other GOP candidates include retired Navy captain Bob Bell, software company owner Paul Dietzel, former state coastal chief Garret Graves, physical therapist Craig McCulloch, former LSU football player and teacher Trey Thomas and state Rep. Lenar Whitney.
The most prominent Democrat on the Nov. 4 open ballot is former Gov. Edwin Edwards. Political observers say he is likely to earn a runoff spot but would have difficulty defeating a Republican in the conservative Baton Rouge-area district.