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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.

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.

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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.

Associated Press