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Odom Drops Out

A little more Louisiana news, brought to my attention by a reader:

Bob Odom (D), Louisiana’s commissioner of agriculture since 1980, this afternoon dropped out of the Nov. 17 runoff election, handing victory to challenger Mike Strain (R).

Odom got 41 percent of the vote in Saturday’s primary to 40 percent for Strain in a three-candidate field. He needed a majority to win re-election outright.

This leaves Mitch Landrieu (D) as the state’s sole remaining Democratic statewide officeholder, pending the results of the Attorney General runoff next month.

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