Edwards tops vote for Louisiana governor but must face a runoff

Senator Vitter leaves the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photoBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Louisiana voters on Saturday threw support behind Democrat John Bel Edwards in his bid to succeed Governor Bobby Jindal, but Edwards will have to face off with Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in a Nov. 21 runoff when no candidate polled more than 50 percent. Edwards, the minority leader in the state House, carried 40 percent to Vitter’s 23 percent, after a campaign in which Vitter’s opponents hammered on a prostitution scandal that has haunted him for several years. “We are going to win this race,” Edwards promised as he addressed supporters hours after the polls closed.

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