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Fleming won't run for U.S. Senate

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 04, 2013 Apr 4, 2013 Thursday, April 04 2013 April 04, 2013 10:26 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming says he won't enter the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu because he doesn't want to divide GOP support.

Fleming's announcement Thursday comes after his fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his candidacy Wednesday.

Fleming, a doctor from Minden, says the top priority is ousting Landrieu. He says to enter the race would risk a contest between two Republicans and threaten the ability to defeat the Democratic incumbent.

So far, Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor, is the only announced Republican for the Senate election next year, though other GOP contenders are eyeing the race, including BESE member Chas Roemer.

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