- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Fayard has received the backing of former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, as heavyweights in the party continue to split support between Fayard and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

Landrieu, a Democrat who lost her re-election bid in 2014, announced her endorsement of Fayard on Friday, talking of the New Orleans lawyer’s enthusiasm and energy. Landrieu also described the 38-year-old Fayard, who has never been in elected office, as a fresh face who will have time to build seniority in the Senate.

Fayard earlier had received the support of Landrieu’s brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Campbell months ago locked up the high-profile support of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and has backing from the state’s major unions.

Twenty-four candidates are vying for the Senate seat.

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