Louisiana elections signup period opens
BATON ROUGE - A half-dozen candidates for Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat had officially signed up for the race by midmorning on the first day of qualifying.
Those contenders who arrived in the opening hours of the three-day sign-up period Wednesday included New Orleans lawyer Caroline Fayard, a Democrat; Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming; Troy Hebert, a former state senator with no party affiliation; and Abhay Patel, a Republican businessman.
Many more are expected to sign up for the seat that is open because Republican David Vitter isn't running for re-election.
Qualifying for re-election was U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a Republican who represents northeast and central Louisiana.
Candidates for the Nov. 8 election have until Friday to register for the ballot.