David Vitter Will Run for Governor of Louisiana

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday that he will run for governor next year.
January 21, 2014 AT 3:45 PM

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race, announcing his decision Tuesday in an email to supporters.

"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 email obtained by The Associated Press from a member of Vitter's staff.

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

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited, so the race is wide open. Vitter can run without forfeiting his current position in the U.S. Senate, which isn't up for re-election until 2016.

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