Edwards, Graves set for runoff in 6th Congressional District

6th Congressional District runoff between Garret Graves and Edwin Edwards

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, a Democrat, earned a runoff spot against Republican Garret Graves in a crowded field of candidates in the 6th Congressional District race.

"I still feel very good," said Edwards. "I'm the lead candidate. I stayed the lead candidate and on December 6, I'll still be the lead candidate."

Edwards, 87, is seeking a political comeback after serving eight years in a federal prison on corruption charges. He finished with 30 percent of the vote, followed closely by Graves with 27 percent.

"I thought with all the money that he was spending, I was not surprised it went to a runoff. He ran a very effective campaign," Edwards responded when asked if he was surprised about the race going to a runoff.

Graves said he never wanted to be a politician, just a public servant. He told supporters he wants to go to Washington to be a "difference maker."

He highlighted what he says he's been told are the big issues - unsecured borders, the threat of ISIS and Obamacare. He ended his speech with a message for the former governor.

"And I want to congratulate his kids, Eli and Trina, for getting into the runoff," he laughed. "And, I want to tell Governor Edwards, 'We've got one month and you'd better eat your Wheaties.'"

Graves added he's hopeful, but you can't underestimate Edwin Edwards.

The district seat was vacated by Republican Bill Cassidy, who campaigned for Senate.

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