Today in The Rundown: Edwards and Vitter prepare for the final runoff debate; Get out the vote efforts enter the final stretch; Bobby Jindal seeks more info about Syrian refugees; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the runoff: 5

Days until gubernatorial inauguration: 56

Days until the Iowa caucuses: 77

The News

LA Gov: The governor’s race has entered its final stretch. http://bit.ly/1RY7EUY

GOTV: Candidates spent the weekend hoping to energize voters. http://bit.ly/1QpFlBh

Syria: Gov. Bobby Jindal sent a letter to President Obama seeking more information about Syrian refugees who have come to Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1QobN6U Only 14 Syrian refugees have been placed in Louisiana to date. http://bit.ly/1QFRzop

La Gov & Syria: Both Edwards and Vitter have weighed in on the Syrian refugees. http://bit.ly/1QpKyJc

Early voting: Analysts say early voting trends favor Edwards. http://bit.ly/1RY91mH

Election: Eighteen parishes with local races could hold key to governor’s election. http://bit.ly/1RY9OUz

Common Core: Some backers of the Common Core education standards say they think the phrase “Common Core” has become politicized and should be retired. http://bit.ly/1RY9GVd

Angola: Warden Burl Cain’s business dealings possibly violate rules that bar contact with inmates’ relatives. http://bit.ly/1QpG4ST

LA Sen: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wouldn’t rule out a run for U.S. Senate in 2016 when asked by a reporter over the weekend. http://bit.ly/1QpFEff

Demos: Some state lawmakers held a Democratic debate watch party on Saturday. http://bit.ly/1O7DeyI

Coming up

Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter face each other in a televised debate tonight at 6 p.m. It’s expected to be the final debate before Saturday’s runoff. Check back withTheAdvocate.com this afternoon for details about how you can watch and follow along with us.

At The Capitol

The Revenue Estimating Conference meets at 10 a.m. Here’s the agenda.

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