Slidell attorney Alan Black, a native of Bogalusa, was leading strongly in early voting returns from Washington Parish, his geographic stronghold, but returns from early balloting in St. Tammany Parish were not yet up on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

Black is running against three other Republicans — Roy Burns, Warren Montgomery and Brian Trainor — to succeed Walter Reed.

He had 1,044 votes with Trainor coming in second at 807. Burns had 486 votes and Montgomery was last at 387.

Registrar of Voters Dwayne Wall said that the number of early voters was heavier than usual for a mid-term election and at midday he said that turnout at the polls had been steady.

A number of precincts had changed polling places, but Wall said that his office sent out notifications to those voters as well as to those whose School Board district had changed because of redistricting following the 2010 Census. St. Tammany Parish had posted signs at all the old polling places with information on the new locations, he said.