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The Latest: 7 candidates sign up for Louisiana governor race

August 7, 2019
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Gubernatorial candidate Gary Landrieu, an independent from Metairie, speaks to reporters after he signed up for the governor's race on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)
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Gubernatorial candidate Gary Landrieu, an independent from Metairie, speaks to reporters after he signed up for the governor's race on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana’s candidate signup period (all times local):

5 p.m.

Louisiana’s governor’s race got more crowded on the second day of the candidate signup period.

Seven contenders have registered for the Oct. 12 election, including Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.

Edwards faces two main Republican challengers: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.

On Wednesday, Gary Landrieu, an independent from Metairie, joined the field of contenders.

He got into a dispute with the secretary of state’s office and said he intends to sue because the office wouldn’t let his name appear on the ballot as Gary “Go Gary” Landrieu.

Landrieu called “Go Gary” a nickname. The secretary of state’s office said “Go Gary” was a campaign slogan and was prohibited from the ballot.

Three other contenders who have done little or no fundraising also have registered.

Candidate registration continues through Thursday.

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10:30 a.m.

Louisiana’s state treasurer has signed up for the fall ballot, becoming the last of seven statewide elected officials to register for re-election.

Republican John Schroder, who won his position in a 2017 special election, qualified Wednesday for the Oct. 12 election, on the second day of the three-day signup period.

He’ll face a rematch in the race. Democratic lawyer Derrick Edwards registered Tuesday to run against Schroder.

Also drawing a repeat opponent is Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat who lost to Ardoin in a special election for secretary of state last year, has qualified to run again for the position.

Only two statewide elected officials have yet to attract challengers: Republicans Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Candidate registration continues through Thursday.

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