Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:48 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democrats have gotten their first challenger for one of Louisiana's incumbent Republican congressmen.
But questions remain Friday, the final day of qualifying for the Nov. 6 election, about whether the Democratic Party will field a slate of candidates for each congressional race.
Vinny Mendoza, a Democrat from Ponchatoula, filed paperwork to run for the 1st District seat held by Republican Steve Scalise. Mendoza has run for the position several times before, including twice in races that Scalise won. He's done little fundraising for previous campaigns.
Besides Mendoza, the only other Democrat running for Congress so far is incumbent Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans.
Libertarians have signed up for more congressional races than Democrats.
Candidates for state and local races on the fall ballot have until 5 p.m. to qualify.