Posted: Nov 1, 2010 10:30 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
Updated: Apr 26, 2011 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The debates are done. The campaign ads are in constant rotation. Now, candidates are making final swings around Louisiana to persuade people to show up to the polls Tuesday, in an election where the optimistic voter turnout expectation is only 35 percent.
At the top of the ballot is the attack-heavy race for U.S. Senate. Republican incumbent David Vitter leads in the polls for his re-election bid against Democrat Charlie Melancon and 10 other candidates in the field.
Six of the state's seven U.S. House seats also await voters' decisions, and most of the Republican incumbents are predicted for easy victories.
A special election for lieutenant governor is on the ballot between Republican Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and Democratic newcomer Caroline Fayard, a lawyer from New Orleans.