Former Louisiana Speaker Hunt Downer (R) plans to file paperwork Thursday to officially enter the open-seat 3rd district race to succeed Rep. Charlie Melancon (D).Downer, a retired major general in the National Guard who is expected to have the backing of his partys establishment in the race, has been widely expected to run in the conservative southern Louisiana district. He enters the GOP primary as the heavy frontrunner against attorney Jeff Landry.The winner of the GOP contest will face Democratic attorney Ravi Sangisetty in the general election.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.