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Edwin Edwards, the 87-year-old former four-term Louisiana governor who spent more than eight years in federal prison, has earned a runoff spot against Republican Garret Graves in the state's 6th Congressional District.

Graves and Edwards will face each other on the Dec. 6 ballot.

Voters' views of Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Louisiana, according to the preliminary results of exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks. Three of the eight candidates were considered major and invited to debates: Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness, who was backed by the tea party.

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The only Democrat in Louisiana's House delegation, Cedric Richmond, has been successful in his bid for re-election to a third term.

Richmond faced two other Democrats, Rufus Johnson and Gary Landrieu, along with Libertarian Samuel Davenport and independent David Brooks in Tuesday's election.

Richmond, who is the only African-American in the state's congressional delegation, first won the 2nd District seat in 2010, when, the district tied together predominantly black areas of New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish.

Rep. Steve Scalise, who became House Republican whip this past summer after serving in Congress for only six years, has won re-election over three largely unknown opponents in Louisiana's 1st Congressional District.

Scalise faced Democrats Lee Dugas and Vinny Mendoza and Libertarian Jeffry Sanford in Tuesday's election.

Scalise first won the seat in 2008 when the previous incumbent, Bobby Jindal, became governor.

Republican John Fleming on Tuesday won a fourth term in the U.S. House representing northwest Louisiana's 4th District.

Fleming, a doctor and businessman from Minden, bested two opponents to stay in office: Democrat Justin Ansley of Bossier and Libertarian Randall Lord of Shreveport.

Neither of Fleming's opponents mounted a significant fundraising or advertising effort to try to unseat the congressman in Tuesday's election.

The 4th District is largely rural, stretching from the Arkansas line to southwest Louisiana, including the Shreveport area.

Here is a list of uncontested races in Louisiana.

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Scott Crichton, GOP

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Guy Holdridge, GOP

Court of Appeals - 1st Cir Dist 2.1 Div C

Jewel Welch, GOP

Court of Appeals - lst Cir 3rd Dist Div A

Wayne Chutz, GOP

Court of Appeals - lst Cir 3rd Dist Div C

Ernie Drake, GOP

Court of Appeals - 2nd Cir Dist 3 Sec 1A

James Stewart, Dem

Court of Appeals - 3rd Cir Dist 3 Div B

Jimmy Genovese, NPA

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A federal court-appointed panel is reporting progress in improving fire safety at a section of the New Orleans jail.

In a report filed at the court Monday, the panel said padlocks on some doors in a holding area known as "the docks" have been replaced with key locks installed in the doors. The padlocks were considered a fire safety hazard.

The report also said the fire sprinkler system at the docks is fully operational. And it outlined repairs and upgrades still in the works, including improvements to alarm and ventilation systems.

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The House supported a rewrite of Louisiana's career-track diploma law, to match a new policy of the state education board that will require public high school students who aren't college-bound to get job skills certifications to get a diploma.

The bill (House Bill 944) by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, was sent to the Senate with a 94-0 vote Thursday.

The redesign, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, emphasizes skills training for students who don't intend to go to a four-year university. Fannin said he hoped to keep more students in school with the changes.

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A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs.

Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.

Association executive director Michael Ranatza said sheriffs fear the bill could lead to decriminalization of marijuana.

Badon says he was caught off-guard by Ranatza's testimony.

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