NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Record early voting numbers in Louisiana offer a heightened focus for tonight's debate between candidates running to fill Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat.
In alphabetical order, those candidates are Republican Charles Boustany, Democrat Foster Campbell, Republican David Duke, Democrat Caroline Fayard, Republican John Fleming and Republican John Kennedy.
All candidates polled at least five percent in our exclusive Fox 8 Raycom poll taken two weeks ago.
Look for the debate tonight at 7 p.m. with live streaming on fox8live.com or our digital channel Bounce, channel 8.2 over the air.
The debate will also be carried on New Orleans Public Television station WYES.
More than a half million people in Louisiana cast their votes early before the early voting ended Tuesday.
That's a new record for the state of Louisiana.
A record 515,000 voters made it to the polls in Louisiana for early voting this election year.
They're deciding several races and issues including that race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by David Vitter.
The previous early voting record -- from the 2012 presidential election -- was 352,000 votes during the early voting period.
In Orleans Parish alone more than 48,000 voters hit the polls early.
In Jefferson Parish just under 35,000 voters turned out during the early voting period.
"Early voting this year has been truly amazing," said Meg Casper, press secretary for the Louisiana Secretary of State. "We've seen record numbers every day. We're averaging about 73,000 voters voting throughout the state every day. That's up from 2012 where we saw about 59,000."
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