- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on the election sign-up period, on its second day (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The second day of the candidate registration period for the Nov. 8 ballot has ended, with the U.S. Senate race attracting 21 contenders so far.

More are expected to sign up on Friday, the final day of qualifying.

The Secretary of State’s Office says the candidate list has more people on it than any Senate race in its electronic database, which stretches back to 1982.

Among the GOP candidates are U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, former U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao (GOW), U.S. Rep. John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy. Democrats include New Orleans lawyer Caroline Fayard, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell and Lafayette oil and gas businessman Josh Pellerin.

Of Louisiana’s four incumbent congressmen who are running for re-election, all but Republican Ralph Abraham have drawn opponents.

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3:20 p.m.

State Rep. Mike Johnson is the seventh person to register for the 4th District congressional seat representing northwest Louisiana.

The seat is open because Republican incumbent Rep. John Fleming is running for the U.S. Senate.

Johnson signed up Thursday on the second day of the qualifying period, joining six candidates who registered a day earlier. Johnson, a Bossier City lawyer, positioned himself as both a political outsider and a man with a record of achievement in lawmaking.

Other Republicans in the race include Dr. Trey Baucum; Oliver Jenkins, an oil and gas businessman and Shreveport City Council member; and lawyer Rick John. Marshall Jones, a lawyer is the only Democrat in the race so far. All four are from Shreveport. Two other candidates without party affiliation also have qualified.

Qualifying continues until Friday.

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3 p.m.

The number of contenders for Louisiana’s U.S. Senate seat swelled to 21 on the second day of the candidate registration period.

The seat is open because Republican incumbent David Vitter isn’t running for re-election on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Josh Pellerin, a Lafayette Democrat in the oil and gas industry, was among those who signed up for the race Thursday, saying he’s running because “we need an intervention.”

Rev. Peter Williams, a Democrat from Lettsworth, added his name to the list, saying he wanted to become the first African-American since Reconstruction to win a Senate election in Louisiana.

Also entering the race was Charles Marsala, a Republican financial adviser who lives in New Orleans. He’s a former small town mayor in California, running to draw attention to environmental concerns.

Qualifying runs until Friday.

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6 a.m.

The candidate registration period for the Nov. 8 election has entered its second day.

But it was a much slower pace Thursday than on opening day, when 15 candidates packed into the Secretary of State’s Office to sign up for the U.S. Senate race. Republican incumbent David Vitter isn’t running for re-election so the seat is open.

All of Louisiana’s congressmen signed up for races on Wednesday. Registering for re-election were Republican U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise, Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves and Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond. All but Abraham have drawn opponents so far.

Rather than seek re-election, Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming qualified for the Senate race. A number of candidates have qualified to run for those two open House seats.

Qualifying continues through Friday.

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