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State Democrats back ex-Gov. Edwards in 6th Dist.

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Monday, September 08 2014 Sep 8, 2014 September 08, 2014 1:58 PM September 08, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Democratic Central Committee is endorsing former Gov. Edwin Edwards in the race for the state's 6th Congressional District seat.

Monday's announcement acknowledges that the conservative southeast Louisiana district, now represented by Republican Bill Cassidy, is "challenging terrain" for a Democrat. It makes no mention of the four-term former governor's corruption conviction and the eight years he spent in federal prison.

Cassidy is giving up the seat to run against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Nov. 4 election.

Two other Democrats are in the 13-candidate field but neither is well known and neither reports having raised any campaign money. Nine Republicans and a Libertarian also signed up for the race.

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