Congressmen Boustany, Fleming readying for Senate race announcements, as Vitter plans his exit

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Two of Louisiana's congressmen are making it clear they intend to run for the U.S. Senate next year, after Republican David Vitter announced he won't seek re-election.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, released a statement Monday saying he'll have a formal Senate candidacy announcement event soon in which he'll outline his vision for Louisiana.

After Boustany's statement, Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden followed up with one of his own, saying he, too, will make his Senate race announcement "in the near future."

Vitter decided against running for a third term after he was soundly defeated in Saturday's election for governor.

Other Republicans eyeing the Senate race include Treasurer John Kennedy, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Rob Maness, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate last year.

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