BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter has picked up another challenger for his seat: state Rep. Ernest Wooton, a Republican-turned-independent who has signed up on the last day of qualifying.
Wooton is a former sheriff from Plaquemines Parish who is known for his outspoken, no-holds-barred comments in the Louisiana House. As an independent, Wooton will bypass the party primaries and head straight to the Nov. 2 general election. Meanwhile, a little-known Republican candidate registered for the Senate race Friday, a move that will force Vitter into an Aug. 28 GOP primary election before advancing to the November election.
Democratic candidate for Senate, Charlie Melancon, also has an opponent in his party's primary. Candidates must file their paperwork and pay their registration fees by 5 p.m. to run in the upcoming election.