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David Vitter Advances To Runoff In Louisiana Governor's Race

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(AP) Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter bested two fellow GOP rivals to reach a runoff in the Louisiana governor's race. He'll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot to determine a successor to Republican presidential contender and term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both Republicans, split the anti-Vitter vote in Saturday's election, allowing Vitter to secure a spot on the runoff ballot.

Months ago, Vitter was atop the polls, flush with millions in campaign cash and running like an incumbent.

But amid continued talk of his 2007 prostitution scandal, Vitter's poll numbers had fallen and his negatives spiked among voters. That had raised questions earlier as to whether one of his opponents might squeak by him. Vitter, however, maintained a strong conservative base that carried him into the runoff.


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