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Refugee flap overtakes state issues in governor’s race

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BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana governor’s race has taken a surprising turn into foreign policy ahead of Saturday’s election, as TV political ads and campaign rhetoric shifted this week to the Paris terrorist attacks and the wisdom of allowing Syrian refugees into U.S. borders.

Republican candidate David Vitter sees the national discussion as an opportunity to gain ground in a runoff campaign where he’s fallen behind. It’s his latest effort to tie his Democratic rival John Bel Edwards to President Barack Obama in the deeply conservative state.

Vitter, a U.S. senator, is traveling around Louisiana to talk about Syrian refugees, running an

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