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November 21, 2015

Vitter Won’t Seek Re-Election After Louisiana Governor’s Loss

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter, R-La., reacts to the crowd during his election night watch party in Kenner, La., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Vitter thanks supporters during his election night watch party in Kenner, La., on Saturday. (Max Becherer/AP Photo)

Republican Sen. David Vitter said he will not seek re-election next year after his stunning loss to Democrat John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race.

“I came up short tonight,” he told supporters at his election night watch party in Kenner, La.

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November 20, 2015

Vitter’s Future on the Line as Louisiana Votes for Governor

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., center, speaks to reporters after his debate against Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Vitter speaks to reporters after Monday’s debate in Baton Rouge. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

As Louisiana voted Saturday in the runoff election for governor, Sen. David Vitter flooded the three-parish New Orleans metro area with robocalls striking a contrite tone: “I humbly ask for your vote.”

To Republican strategist James Farwell, who lives in New Orleans and has a long record of working with Newt Gingrich, Vitter’s self-defending TV ads with his family in the campaign’s final days are a sign of how well Democrat John Bel Edwards’ campaign executed its strategy.

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November 16, 2015

Following Paris Attacks, Syrian Refugees Emerge As Issue in Louisiana Governor’s Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race to replace outgoing Gov. Jindal is getting nasty, with both Vitter and Edwards trading angry punches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While some have suggested the Paris attacks might have implications on the 2016 presidential race, voters in Louisiana are dealing with the issue in a much more immediate way.

As voters prepare to head to the polls in Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff, Republican Sen. David Vitter — who is trailing in the polls to state Rep. John Bel Edwards — released a new television commercial that attempted to capitalize off of fears about Syrian refugees following reports that one of the attackers in France may have gotten into the country along with others who were fleeing the war that is raving their home country. Full story

November 12, 2015

Vitter’s Governor Race Raises Concerns Over His Senate Seat in 2016

Vitter's gubernatorial bid is proving to be a tough battle. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A narrative that had once defined Vitter as the inevitable leader in the Louisiana governor’s race has flipped, raising concerns about his Senate seat. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign won’t entertain questions about his future should he lose the Nov. 21 runoff.

But plenty of other Republicans are already looking past then to whether Vitter would run for re-election to the Senate in 2016 and the implications of what that means for keeping control of the Senate in their party’s hands.
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By Eli Yokley Posted at 1:16 p.m.
Louisiana, RGA

November 9, 2015

Prostitution Pops Up in New Round of Louisiana Ads

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reeling from months of attacks about his 2007 prostitution scandal, Republican Sen. David Vitter released a new TV ad offering voters an apology in the final days of his Louisiana gubernatorial campaign.

“Fifteen years ago, I failed my family but found forgiveness and love,” Vitter said directly to the camera. “Our falls aren’t what define us, but rather how we get up, accept responsibility and earn redemption.” Full story

November 5, 2015

Louisiana Governor’s Election Continues Tradition of Unusual Party Splits

If Sen. David Vitter becomes Louisiana's next governor, a number of political dominoes could quickly fall. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter is trailing in the race to become Louisiana’s next governor. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 5:46 p.m. | Among some Republicans in Louisiana, Republican Sen. David Vitter’s candidacy for governor is drawing comparisons to an election with an unpopular nominee more than two decades ago that divided the party.

“What I keep hearing from folks – neighbors and other parents at the school – is, ‘this is going to be the first time since 1991 that I vote Democrat. I just can’t vote for that guy,’” said one Louisiana Republican operative. Full story

October 29, 2015

David Vitter Trails Democrat in Louisiana Governor’s Runoff

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the first poll released since two candidates emerged from Louisiana’s jungle primary for governor, state House Minority Leader John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, holds a serious lead over Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The survey, made public by the Democratic Governors Association and conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research — an Alabama-based firm that has done polling for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and now Hillary Rodham Clinton’s — found Edwards with a 12-point lead, 52 percent to 40 percent, with less than four weeks until the Nov. 21 runoff.  Full story

October 26, 2015

Louisiana Democrats Hope to Harness ‘Anti-Vitter’ Republicans

If Sen. David Vitter becomes Louisiana's next governor, a number of political dominoes could quickly fall. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter made it to the state’s gubernatorial runoff. Now, the hard part has begun for the state’s Democrats. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Though he received enough support to advance to a runoff next month, more than 850,000 of the 1.1 million people who voted last weekend in Louisiana pulled the lever for someone other than Republican Sen. David Vitter.

Ahead of the Nov. 21 vote — where the veteran politician who has weathered big storms before will face Louisiana House Democratic Leader John Bel Edwards – Vitter’s goal is clear: Convincing most of the 381,000 voters who supported his Republican opponents that he is a good second choice.  Full story

October 24, 2015

Vitter Inches Into Runoff in Louisiana Governor’s Race

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter, R-La., will face Edwards, a Democratic state representative, in a Nov. 21 runoff to become Louisiana’s next governor. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:58 a.m., Oct. 26 |Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter will face John Bel Edwards, a Democratic state legislator, in a runoff to become Louisiana’s next governor.

Edwards finished first with 40 percent of the vote to Vitter’s 23 percent. Most of the rest of the vote went to the other two Republicans in the race: Scott Angelle, a member of the state’s utility regulating commission got 19 percent of the vote, and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne finished with 15 percent. Full story

October 23, 2015

Vitter Expected to Reach Runoff in Louisiana Gubernatorial Race

Despite troubles, Vitter poised to emerge in run-off after Saturday's election.  (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite troubles, Vitter poised to emerge in run-off after Saturday’s election. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A week that began with the new allegations involving a former New Orleans escort against Sen. David Vitter will end with the Republican’s appearance on the ballot Saturday in Louisiana’s heated contest to replace the state’s term-limited governor, Republican Bobby Jindal.

But despite the intense focus on Vitter’s personal woes by his opponents and outside groups, he is on the cusp of weathering the storm yet again. At least until a runoff next month.

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October 16, 2015

National Republicans Looking Ahead to November Showdown for Vitter

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Polls suggest Vitter will face a November runoff with Democrat Edwards. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republicans appear to think Sen. David Vitter is headed for a runoff with his top Democratic rival in the Louisiana gubernatorial race and polls show that’s a pretty safe bet.

On Thursday, the Republican Governors Association announced a new television commercial targeting Vitter’s chief Democratic rival, state Rep. John Bel Edwards. A spokesman for the group told Roll Call earlier this month it would look at getting involved in the race only  “if it advances to a Republican versus Democrat runoff.”

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By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:06 p.m.
Louisiana, RGA

October 2, 2015

‘Inevitable Governor’ Vitter Not So Inevitable Now

If Vitter is elected Louisiana's next governor, political dominoes there could quickly start to fall.  (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If Vitter is elected Louisiana’s next governor, political dominoes there could quickly start to fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Sen. David Vitter launched his campaign to become Louisiana’s 56th governor last January, he was viewed by some as “the inevitable governor” — as close to a front-runner as one can be in the state’s “jungle primary.”

But as voters prepare to head to the polls on Oct. 24, that shine of inevitability has mostly disappeared. Full story

July 16, 2015

Louisiana Campaigns Tread Water Until Vitter’s Race

If Vitter is elected Louisiana's next governor, political dominoes there could quickly start to fall.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If Vitter is elected Louisiana’s next governor, political dominoes there could quickly start to fall. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For a number of ambitious Republicans in Louisiana, a whole lot hinges on the state’s gubernatorial election later this year — and Sen. David Vitter.

Vitter is one of four candidates facing off in the Pelican State’s “jungle primary” in October. He will be up against two other Republicans and one Democrat in a race that, unless a single candidate gets half the vote, would advance the two top candidates to a runoff in late November. Full story

February 9, 2015

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

 Jindal, R-La., speaks during Sen. Tim Scott's National School Choice Forum on "Choosing Excellence: A Forum on the Freedom to Choose Academic Excellence for Every Child" in the Hart Senate Office BUilding on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jindal, in Washington for a forum on school choice, is mulling an education-focused presidential run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Potential presidential contender Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Washington again Monday, burnishing his national education policy credentials at a Heritage Foundation forum on school choice.

The Louisiana Republican, who was a proponent of Common Core before very publicly reversing his thoughts on the schooling standards, has long focused on education policy as a way to distinguish himself from the bumper crop of would-be 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

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December 10, 2014

Congressman ‘Very Interested’ in David Vitter’s Senate Seat

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Fleming in a Louisiana Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is “very interested” in running for Senate in 2016 if Republican Sen. David Vitter is elected governor next year.

Louisiana only wrapped up the 2014 Senate race a few days ago, but soon state operatives may start thinking about another race. Vitter has already announced an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2015. If Vitter wins, Fleming said, he wants to succeed him in the Senate.

“I’m very interested in that possibility,” he told CQ Roll Call Tuesday during votes at the Capitol. “I think that we need, you know, Sen. Vitter is quite conservative, and I think we need to replace a good strong conservative with another conservative.” Full story

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