Louisiana congressmen draw election opponents

July 19, 2018 - 9:28 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The first day of Louisiana's election sign-up period has ended with candidates registered to run against most of the state's incumbent congressmen.

 Four of the six U.S. House members drew challengers Wednesday for the Nov. 6 ballot: Republican Steve Scalise, Democrat Cedric Richmond, Republican Clay Higgins and Republican Garret Graves.

No opponents have qualified yet to run for the seats held by Republican incumbents Mike Johnson in northwest Louisiana and Ralph Abraham in northeast Louisiana.

Qualifying continues Thursday.

Though all six U.S. House members are running for re-election, only two have registered so far, Abraham and Richmond. Neither showed up in person, instead sending representatives to qualify for them.

Also on the ballot is a special election to choose a new secretary of state, after Republican Tom Schedler resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. 

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