BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One of the candidates who registered to run for Louisiana lieutenant governor has withdrawn from the race.
Rao Uppu, a Democrat and Southern University professor, qualified for the Oct. 12 ballot on Thursday when he realized Republican incumbent Billy Nungesser didn't have a challenger in the election.
Uppu, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from India, said he couldn't imagine someone winning a statewide office unopposed, so he signed up. He said without challenged elections, democracy is harmed.
But later that same day, Willie Jones, a New Orleans Democrat, also joined the lieutenant governor's race.