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Aug 19, 2013 5:18 PM by AP, PHOTO: MGN ONLINE

Sign-up begins for 5th District congressional race

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two state lawmakers have made their candidacies official for the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana.

Republican state Sen. Neil Riser showed up at the Secretary of State's Office before qualifying even opened Monday. Hours later, Democratic state Rep. Marcus Hunter also signed up for the race.

More candidates were expected to jump in before qualifying ends Wednesday evening, including two additional legislators and the mayor of Monroe. The election is Oct. 19.

Congressman Rodney Alexander is resigning from the seat next month for a cabinet post in Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The 5th District covers all or part of 24 parishes across northeast Louisiana, through much of central Louisiana and including all the areas that run along the Mississippi state line.

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