BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a tense and bitter election season, Louisiana's 4th Congressional District race may be something of an anomaly.

The eight candidates vying to fill the open northwest Louisiana-based seat have avoided personal clashes ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The race is expected to be decided in a December runoff.

As the lone Democrat, Marshall Jones, a Shreveport lawyer, is expected to have the automatic edge on a runoff spot.

Three Republicans have drawn most attention for the other spot: Shreveport cardiologist Trey Baucum, Shreveport City Council member Oliver Jenkins and state Rep. Mike Johnson.

Baucum is touting his background as a political newcomer. Johnson talks of his record as a constitutional attorney and in the Louisiana Legislature pushing conservative issues. Jenkins highlights his career as a Marine fighter pilot.


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