BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The registration period for Louisiana's Nov. 8 election has ended.

After the three-day qualifying period ended Friday, 24 candidates had signed up to run for the U.S. Senate seat that is open because Republican incumbent David Vitter isn't running for re-election.

Among the Republican contenders are U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, U.S. Rep. John Fleming, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, state Treasurer John Kennedy and white supremacist David Duke. Democrats include New Orleans lawyer Caroline Fayard, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell and Lafayette oil and gas businessman Josh Pellerin.

All four incumbent congressmen running for re-election have drawn opponents.

Because Boustany and Fleming are running for the Senate, their open House seats have drawn many candidates. The 3rd District seat representing southwest Louisiana has 12 candidates. The 4th District covering northwest Louisiana has eight contenders.


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