Former President Backs David Vitter In LA Governor's Race

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is getting fundraising help for his campaign to be Louisiana's next governor from former President George H. W. Bush.

         The Vitter campaign Thursday was sending an email to supporters to announce the Republican ex-president's endorsement of Vitter for governor.

         In the email, Bush says Vitter's "friendly, upbeat demeanor was matched by his firm convictions." He describes Vitter as an effective, conservative leader. And he urges people to contribute to the Vitter gubernatorial campaign.

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         Vitter is the front-runner among the four candidates who have announced for the Oct. 24 election, and he has the most money in the bank. Other GOP contenders include Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle.

         The only Democrat in the race so far is state Rep. John Bel Edwards.


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