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Jul 7, 2010 11:03 AM by Melissa Canone

First Candidates To Sign Up

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three incumbent congressmen were among
the first candidates to sign up for their races on the opening day
of qualifying.
Republican U.S. Reps. Joseph Cao of New Orleans, Rodney
Alexander of Quitman and Charles Boustany of Lafayette registered
for their re-election bids Wednesday morning. One of Cao's
challengers, Democratic state Rep. Juan LaFonta, also filed his
paperwork for the 2nd District race.
The qualifying period runs from Wednesday until Friday at 5 p.m.
It's the official opening of Louisiana's campaign season, when
candidates file the paperwork and pay the fees required to run for
office.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter and his Democratic challenger,
Charlie Melancon, were both planning to sign up for the Senate race
on Wednesday. Also up for election is the lieutenant governor's
post.

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