Today in The Rundown: Why early voting is important; gubernatorial goes negative; and much more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 12
Days until the runoff (as needed):40
Days until the Iowa caucuses:
114

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? Gov. Jindal is campaigning in Iowa this week.

The News

Governor: Candidates use negative ads to boost standings in Louisiana governor’s race http://bit.ly/1VMUoIV

Elex: Why early voting matters in Louisiana http://bit.ly/1Qk8SZT

LA Gov: The RGA is getting into the Louisiana governor’s race a bit earlier than expected. http://bit.ly/1Pk7eJt

BESE: Oct. 24 primary will determine majority of BESE, and more http://bit.ly/1VMUlwv

Ag commish: Money is the issue as Agriculture chief Strain faces three challengers in Oct. 24 primary http://bit.ly/1Qk8pHd

ICYMI: Here are The Advocate’s recent profiles on each of the four major candidates, plus the other lower-tier candidates in the race: Scott Angelle (http://bit.ly/1MX62cs); Jay Dardenne (http://bit.ly/1gSkO8G); John Bel Edwards (http://bit.ly/1LvRVxw ); David Vitter (http://bit.ly/1MX5HGE); and others (http://bit.ly/1LvSck7).

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