In 6th District runoff, 1 candidate touts experience, 1 touts conservatism

In 6th District runoff, 1 candidate touts experience, 1 touts conservatism

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards led every parish in the 6th Congressional District except for three.

"Practically every Democrat who was in a race against a Republican lost," he said. "Yesterday, I beat nine Republicans and I bucked the trend."

Edwards, though, is putting his own spin on a slim 2 percent lead over his opponent, Garret Graves, who previously ran Louisiana's coastal restoration program.

"Now, we are focusing on the fact that we need good leadership in Washington," Graves said. "We need good, conservative representation of this district from coastal Louisiana all the way to Point Coupee. I'm excited to be one step closer to getting that job."

In the runoff, both candidates are vowing to change their strategies by focusing on a head-to-head campaign.

"We want to focus on the substantive issues facing our state and talk about policy solutions as opposed to one-liners and just making this a comedy show," Graves said.

At 87, Edwards admits that name recognition carried him in the primary, but he knows more will need to be done in the runoff.

"I think I am going to spend some time in the media to try to introduce myself to younger voters who do not remember my career as governor," he said.

In addition to serving in the state Legislature, Congress and four terms as governor, Edwards also spent nearly nine years in a federal prison.

"It's just related. I would feel very bad and I would not blame anybody for not wanting to vote for me if I had abused my power in office, and that's not what it was," Edwards said.

"This is a very conservative district that included 13 parishes that are overwhelmingly Republican," Graves said.

Political analysts predict the Republican stronghold in the 6th District will give Graves the advantage in the runoff.

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