Today in The Rundown: Vitter and Sheriff Norman continue to spar; what pollsters are saying about the governor’s race; a judge will decided Bobby Jindal’s “Marriage and Conscience Order” and more.

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Days until the runoff: 25

Days until the Iowa caucuses: 97

The News

Vitter: David Vitter and Sheriff Newell Normand are trading barbs over campaign snooping.

Stephanie Grace: By tying their opponents to Obama and Jindal, David Vitter, John Bel Edwards gear up for an epic fight to be Louisiana’s governor.

LA Gov: Get ready for a knock-down, drag-out fight for the next four weeks in the governor’s race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter.

State Police: David Vitter has declined his state police security; John Bel Edwards is using the state-provided security detail.

Polls: Experts say despite his surprise showing in the election, it’s not a sure bet that State Rep. John Bel Edwards will win the governor’s race.

“Marriage and Conscience Order”: A judge will decide whether Gov. Jindal’s executive order violates the state constitution.

Elections: The lieutenant governor and attorney general races will be decided in the runoff.

Taxes: Baton Rouge voters decided several taxes and renewals this weekend. Library tax:

Hospitals: With state Medicaid costs rising, a Jindal administration official says the private contracts for managing the LSU charity hospitals need to be “restructured.”

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