The big news today coming out of qualifying is that former Klansman David Duke is running for the U.S. Senate. Duke plans on running on largely the same populist, nationalist message as Donald Trump. He loved Trump’s speech last night.
Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn't have said it better!
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) July 22, 2016
Will Duke actually be a factor? I hope not, but you can never tell.
In other U.S. Senate qualifying news, Josh Pellerin qualified yesterday and Rob Maness qualified today for the race. We now have 23 candidates in the race.
The 3rd U.S. Congressional district remains largely unchanged. The only major candidate we’re waiting is Clay Higgins, who has not qualified as of writing.
The field is largely all but set in the 4th U.S. Congressional district. Mike Johnson qualified yesterday.
Elbert Guillory is in as well.
The 5th Congressional District has Ralph Abraham unopposed as of now and there’s no reason to believe that will change.
The 6th Congressional District has seen a variety of no names and perennial candidates challenge Garret Graves. Ditto Steve Scalise in the 1st Congressional District.
Meanwhile the PSC District 4 race got a blast from the past when former LAGOP Chairman and Secretary of State candidate Mike Francis qualified for that race. He takes on two other Republicans and a Democrat to replace Commissioner Clyde Holloway who is retiring due to health problems.