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Vitter group targets 14 seats in state Legislature

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Posted: Aug 4, 2011 11:32 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, republican, fundraising, vitter, democrat, campaign, senate, house, legislature, wbrz, louisiana, politics

BATON ROUGE - The Republican fundraising group created by U.S. Sen. David Vitter has targeted 10 state House seats and four state Senate seats this fall, hoping to switch them to the GOP and boost the party's majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

The Senate seats sought by the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority are open because of term limits. But a list provided to The Associated Press shows some targeted House seats have first-term Democratic incumbents.

Vitter said his organization is steering clear of internal disputes - and won't try to defeat Republican incumbents who are criticized as too moderate.

Vitter's group was formed in 2005 and has brought a more organized, Washington-style campaign strategy to state legislative races. It runs separately from the state Republican Party.

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