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Louisiana senator plans run for governor

BATON ROUGE, La. — Senator David Vitter, a Republican, announced in a Tuesday e-mail to supporters that he will be a candidate in Louisiana’s 2015 governor’s race.

‘‘I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana,’’ the senator said in an e-mail.

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Vitter’s announcement ends months of speculation about his intentions, and his decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Governor Bobby Jindal is term-limited, so the race is wide open. Vitter can run without forfeiting his Senate seat, which is not up for reelection until 2016.

Vitter has held elected office for more than two decades as a state and federal lawmaker and easily won reelection to a second Senate term in 2010, despite ties to a prostitution scandal.

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