A derecho is a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds. That's what moved through the ArkLaTex July 23, 2014. More >>
A derecho is a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds, and that's what moved through the ArkLaTex on July 23, 2014. Click here for pictures of the storms and damage. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) -
MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.
Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."
He also went to social media to pass on the word of his intentions, "After much thought, prayer, and discussion with Wendy and our kids, I've decided to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015," Vitter posted on Twitter.
The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.
Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race. Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.
Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has said he will run for governor, along with state Rep. John Bel Edwards, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Others are considering the position.
"Sen. Vitter's announcement was expected," Dardenne posted on Twitter. "I hope gov's race will offer Louisianians the opportunity to compare/contrast visions & records."
Vitter can run for governor without forfeiting his current position, which isn't up for re-election until 2016.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:58:35 GMT
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