Rob Maness

Sue Lincoln

24 candidates are vying for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter. Five of them took the stage last week for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisianas forum focusing on coastal issues. (WRKF is broadcasting the forum Tuesday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m.)

Sue Lincoln

The four Republican candidates vying for David Vitter’s U.S. Senate seat debated before a receptive crowd Saturday, as Americans For Prosperity hosted a crawfish boil in Baton Rouge.

“Do you like Obamacare?” Congressman Charles Boustany of Lafayette asked the crowd of about 300 people. 

S. Lincoln

If you’ve been thinking there’s a surplus of candidates for the 2016 presidential election, just wait till you hear how many are eyeing Louisiana’s 2016 U.S. Senate race.

It’s been just over 3 weeks since David Vitter conceded the governor’s race and announced, “I’m eager to refocus on the important work of the United States Senate, but I’m only going to be doing that for one more year, through this term.”

Now potential candidates for that open seat are coming out of the woodwork. First up was Republican congressman John Fleming of Minden.

Much as expected, Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Mary Landrieu were the top finishers in a field of eight, and will be squaring off in a Dec. 6 runoff election.

“We have 32 more days. This is not over yet,” said a smiling, energized Cassidy to a campaign party crowd of several hundred supporters in Baton Rouge.

 With less than a week left before Election Day, the leading candidates for U.S. Senate unloaded their verbal firepower during Wednesday night’s final debate.