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Qualifying begins for host of elections

  // Tuesday, 19 August 2014 20:19 //

Qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for the Nov. 4 statewide elections, which include U.S. Senate and congressional races, judgeships, district attorney posts and a slew of seats in local government throughout the seven-parish metro area.

While some hopefuls have announced their intention to run in recent weeks, the fields won’t officially be set until qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. If only one person qualifies — as often happens with incumbent judges, for example — that person is automatically elected.

Runoffs, where necessary, will be Dec. 6.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu has been taking heat for many months from expected Republican challengers Rob Maness and outgoing U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

In the race for the 6th Congressional District seat Cassidy is vacating, voters in St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, among others, likely will have a raft of candidates to choose from, with former Gov.

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