BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - At least 14 people signed up Wednesday to qualify to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter.
Vitter announced last year after losing the governor's race he would not seek re-election to the Senate.
Five Republicans and four Democrats have said they want to be the state's newest senator. Joining them are two Libertarians and also three people who have no party affiliation.
Qualifying also started Wednesday for several other races, including the U.S. House of Representatives, several judge seats, the Kenner mayor and Slidell police chief.
Candidates have until Friday to register at the secretary of state's office in Baton Rouge.
The election is on Nov. 8.