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.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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