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Edwards, Schroder headed to runoff in treasurer race

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's competition for state treasurer was headed to a runoff, with voters Saturday split on the candidates in the six-person race, as the statewide special election drew little interest.
  
Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder led the tight contest to fill a largely ministerial seat open for the first time in nearly two decades, with more than 90 percent of the vote tallied, according to uncertified returns from the Secretary of State's Office.
  
The runoff will be Nov. 18.
  Republican John Kennedy held the seat as Louisiana's chief money manager and investment officer for 17 years, leaving after his U.S. Senate election.
  
Though Kennedy raised the job profile by sparring with governors over finances, the race to replace him drew little interest and far less fundraising than Kennedy managed to attract during his tenure.
  
Edwards, a New Orleans area lawyer, did little fundraising but was expected to reach the runoff because he's the only Democrat in the race.
  
The top three Republican contenders vying for the second runoff spot were: Schroder, a former state House member, businessman and ex-law enforcement official from St. Tammany Parish; Angele Davis, a Baton Rouge business consultant who was a state budget administrator for Govs. Mike Foster and Bobby Jindal and a tourism official for Mitch Landrieu when he was lieutenant governor; and Sen. Neil Riser, a funeral home owner and bank board member from Caldwell Parish.
  
The candidates strayed far from the treasurer's duties in their advertising.
  
GOP candidates touted conservative credentials. Davis described an allegiance to President Donald Trump and her rural upbringing. Riser reminded people of his anti-tax votes and his sponsorship of constitutional protections for gun owners. Schroder talked of wanting to cut the budget and rein in high-spending politicians. Edwards said he'll push for more transparency in government.
  
Kennedy's top aide, Ron Henson, is working as interim treasurer until someone is elected.

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