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Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district holds much of New Orleans and follows the Mississippi River up to North Baton Rouge. Democrat Cedric Richmond of New Orleans currently represents the district in Washington, D.C. and is running to keep it in the November election.

Louisiana’s six congressional races feature four incumbents and two open seats, as Congressman Charles Boustany and Congressman John Fleming are running for the U.S. Senate instead. Altogether, there are 39 candidates in the six congressional races. Over the next several weeks, we’ll look at each of those contests, starting today, with the 1st Congressional District.

Sue Lincoln

A colonel, a wizard, a cowboy and an Indian chief walk into the Secretary of State’s office… No, it’s not the opening line of a joke, it was what happened on the concluding day of qualifying for the November 8th elections.

Sue Lincoln

An open seat in the U.S. Senate, combined with Louisiana’s unique “jungle primary” system, means a record number of candidates on the November 8th ballot. 21 have qualified so far, with one more day to sign up.

As always, there are those with catchy nicknames.

“My name is Donald “Crawdaddy” Crawford and I’m running for U.S. Senate as a Republican.”

He qualified Thursday, along with five others, including perennial candidate Bob Lang of Natchitoches.

Wallis Watkins

Wednesday was the first day of qualifying for Louisiana elections on the November 8th ballot. So far, fifteen candidates are seeking the Senate seat held by David Vitter, who announced he would not run again after losing the Gubernatorial race to John Bel Edwards.