…And They’re Off!

July 8, 2010

Qualifying began on Wednesday and several candidates lined up to either keep their jobs or to create their own job. The day started off with what may be an indication of a very brutal Senate Race when supporters of Charlie Melancon and David Vitter lined a pathway into the entrance. Ironically, Vitter’s supporters were left, Melancon’s to the right. A few chants followed by debate could be heard as we approached the entrance. When Melancon exited, his supporters cheered without much adieu. Though Charlie Melancon came out first, it’s widely anticipated that Senator Vitter will hold onto this seat. Before Melancon has his shot at Senator Vitter, he’ll have a primary challenger of his own in Democratic candidate Cary J. Deaton. Libertarian Candidate Tony Gentile rounded out the Senatorial candidates.

Cedric Richmond throws his hat into the ring to unseat Represenative Joseph Cao

Senator wasn’t the only seat that will be contested as Joseph Ahn Cao (R) will face a challenge from Democrats Cedric Richmond and Juan LaFonta for the 2nd congressional. In the third congressional district, Ravi Sangisetty thus far has a clear path to represent the Democratic Party, while General Hunt Downer and Jeff Landry will face each other in the August 28th primary.

Dr. John Fleming will attempt to hold his seat against winner of a primary battle on the Democratic side of the 4th conressional so far between David Melville and Steven Gavi. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-1cd), Rodney Alexander (R- 5cd), Dr. Bill Cassidy R-6cd), Charles Boustany (R-7cd) have yet to draw opposition.

Roger Villere files to run for Lt. Governor.

The race to fill the Lt. Governor’s seat also began today as Roger Villere filed his paper work. The Lt. Governor’s seat opened up when Mitch Landrieu vacated the seat to become the Mayor of New Orleans.

Qualifying ends Friday July 9th, 2010 at 5 pm.

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