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Sep 8, 2011 10:41 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Qualifying for Oct. 22 election reaches final day

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Candidates interested in running for office in the Oct. 22 election have only a few hours left to sign up for their races.
Qualifying shuts down at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has drawn five challengers for his re-election bid, none with large name recognition or fundraising prowess. Still said to be considering the race is New Orleans multimillionaire John Georges, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran against Jindal four years ago.
Four of the remaining six statewide elected officials - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, Treasurer John Kennedy, Agriculture Mike Strain and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon - haven't attracted opponents. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne faces a challenge from Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is opposed by House Speaker Jim Tucker. All are Republicans.

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