Cassidy registers for Louisiana ballot, with 14 challengers

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., acknowledges supporters as he arrives at the office of the Secretary of State to register as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy exited the ongoing coronavirus aid negotiations in Washington to register for his re-election bid.

He drew more than a dozen opponents in the race as the candidate qualifying period reached its final day Friday.

His highest-profile Democratic challenger is Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.

Five of Louisiana’s incumbent congressmen signed up to seek re-election: Republican Reps. Steve Scalise, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson and Garret Graves and Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond.

All will face challengers on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The only open congressional seat without an incumbent seeking re-election is in Louisiana’s 5th District.

Eight candidates are vying for the position representing northeast and central Louisiana.

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