Posted: Jul 9, 2010 6:33 PM by Letitia Walker
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sixteen people have signed up to run for
the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, including a
former Louisiana Supreme Court justice who's challenging Vitter in
the GOP primary.
Chet Traylor, from Monroe, was the last candidate to register
for a congressional election before the qualifying period ended
Friday. He'll face off with Vitter in the Republican primary Aug.
Traylor says he was encouraged by Republicans who are
dissatisfied with Vitter, who was tainted by a 2007 prostitution
Also entering the Senate race was a state lawmaker from
Plaquemines Parish who left the GOP and registered Friday as an
independent. Rep. Ernest Wooton, of Belle Chasse, is a former
sheriff known for his outspoken comments in the Louisiana House. As
an independent, Wooton will bypass the party primaries and directly
enter the Nov. 2 general election.