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Louisiana’s lieutenant governor and attorney general still did not have an opponent as the second day of qualifying for state elections ended Wednesday.

Many legislative races also had only one declared candidate, including 17 of 39 state Senate seats and 43 of the 105 positions in the state House of Representatives, according to the Secretary of State’s office. No one had yet signed up to run for House District 4, represented by Democrat Cedric Glover.

Two of the eight elected seats to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education also had only one candidate.

Qualifying ends Thursday.

State Treasurer John Schroder, a Republican, filed his paperwork Wednesday, making him the last incumbent statewide official to sign up for re-election. He currently has one opponent, Democrat Derrick Edwards, who led the first round of voting for the job in 2017 but lost to Schroder in the runoff.

Other statewide incumbents, and Gov. John Bel Edwards' top two Republican challengers, Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, qualified on Tuesday.

Two lesser-known candidates signed up to run for governor Wednesday. Independent Gary Landrieu is related to the prominent Democratic political family of the same name and has run for office three times, garnering 17 percent of the vote when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2014. In this election, he bills himself as a conservative and the “absolute strongest on deportation of illegals.”

Manuel Russell Leach, also running for governor, is a Republican from Natchitoches.

Landrieu and Leach join two other lesser-known candidates who filed Tuesday to run for governor, Democrat Oscar “Omar” Dantzler of Hammond and Republican Patrick “Live Wire” Landry of New Orleans. That brings seven candidates to the race.

Bastrop Republican Amanda Melissa Jennings is the third candidate to sign up to run for secretary of state. On her campaign Facebook page, she does not lay out a platform but emphasizes her "Confederate heritage" and says she supports Abraham for governor.  

Four Republicans have signed up to run for the open District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court: Will Crain, a judge on the state First Circuit Court of Appeal, attorney Richard Ducote, Judge Hans Liljeberg of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and 24th Judicial District Judge Scott Schlegel.

Every statewide elected office and legislative seat is up for grabs in October. Every candidate for each office runs on the same ballot regardless of party; if no candidate gets more than half of the votes, the top two face off again in November.

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David Jacobs is a Baton Rouge-based award-winning journalist who has written about government, politics, business and culture in Louisiana for almost 15 years. He joined The Center Square in 2018.