GOP’s Vitter advances to runoff against Edwards

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has survived challenges from two GOP rivals to reach a November runoff in the Louisiana governor’s race. He’ll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both Republicans, split the anti-Vitter vote in Saturday’s election, allowing Vitter to secure a spot on the runoff ballot.

Months ago, Vitter was atop the polls, flush with millions in campaign cash and running like an incumbent.

But amid continued talk of his 2007 prostitution scandal, Vitter’s poll numbers fell and his negatives spiked among voters. That raised questions about whether one of his opponents could squeak by him.

Vitter, however, maintained a strong conservative base that carried him into the runoff.

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