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Posted: Wednesday, 13 August 2014 7:26AM

Senate, Congress races about to officially start



We're a week away from the start of the three-day qualifying period, where candidates officially sign up to run in the November election.

Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat does not expect any surprise candidates to enter the US senate race.
 
"It's too expensive for someone to get in the race and make an impact, unless they have two to three million dollars laying around," Pinsonat said. "It's possible, there are a few millionaires around, but they would have to be running before now."  
 
Pinsonat says democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu will face two main republican challengers, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.
 
A large field of candidates is expected in the Sixth District Congressional race. He says former governor Edwin Edwards is the favorite to make a runoff.
 
"You have three to four candidates, who can make a runoff against the Edwin, then its anyone's guess."
 
Governor Jindal's Coastal Advisor Garrett Graves, State Senator Dan Claitor, State Representative Lenar Whitney and Paul Dietzel are the main candidates in this race.
 
Pinsonat says the Fifth District Congressional race will also have a large field  as challengers who see Vance McAllister as a vulnerable incumbent because he was caught on video kissing a married staffer. 

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