Louisiana secretary of state race tops Saturday ballot

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The two candidates vying to be Louisiana secretary of state are trying to draw interest to a late-in-the-year election from voters distracted with holiday festivities and Christmas shopping.

Saturday's runoff between Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup to be Louisiana's top elections official is the only race on the ballot in eight parishes. Other parishes have runoff elections for local seats and tax proposals up for consideration.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Ardoin is interim secretary of state, running the office since his former boss resigned in a sexual harassment scandal. Collins-Greenup, from Clinton, is a former city court administrator and has worked in a clerk of court's office.

Ardoin has more money for advertising than Collins-Greenup, who has focused mainly on personal appearances.

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