Norm Clark, a Republican candidate in the 6th congressional district race, suspended his campaign and backed the candidacy of state Sen. Dan Claitor, according to a Tuesday press release.
“Having had the opportunity to meet every candidate in this race,” Clark said in the prepared statement released by Claitor’s campaign. “It has become clear that there is only one front runner worth supporting, and that is Senator Dan Claitor. I have been impressed not only with his stances on the issues, but also on his genuineness and heart to serve the people.”
Clark is a U.S. Navy veteran, retired law enforcement officer and American Legion post commander from Denham Springs. He ran on the slogan: “We need a new norm in Washington.”
Though he is suspending his campaign, Clark’s name will remain on the Nov. 4th ballot.
“While other candidates are running on their last name or money from kick-backs,” Clark said, “Sen. Claitor is a principled conservative leader with a record of standing tall for the people of Louisiana. I hereby suspend my campaign and give my full support to the Claitor for Congress campaign.”
The crowded race is to fill the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge. Cassidy is running for U.S. Senate.
Other Republicans in the race are Robert Bell, a retired U.S. Navy Reserve officer and Tea Party of Louisiana columnist who calls himself Captain Bob, business owner Paul Dietzel II, tax lawyer Cassie Felder, former Jindal adviser Garret Graves, business owner Craig McCulloch, educator Charles “Trey” Thomas, and state Rep. Lenar Whitney,
The Democratic candidates are former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, Dean Lieberman, a LaPlace real estate broker, and Peter Williams, of Lettsworth.
Also seeking the seat is Libertarian lawyer Rufus Craig.
A runoff, if needed, will be Dec. 6.
Louisiana legislators changed the district lines in 2011, removing many of the minority neighborhoods around Baton Rouge. It now stretches from southeast Baton Rouge down to pick up some of the far western New Orleans suburbs, along with parts of Thibodeaux and Houma.
Seventy-four percent of the 486,421 registered voters in the 6th district are white and a third is registered as Republicans, according to the Secretary of State.