La. gov quits race
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The flamboyant Edwards, 60, who dominated state politics for two decades despite numerous charges of ethical misdeeds, declined challenging fellow Democrat Roemer in a Nov. 21 runoff after two other challengers endorsed Roemer. Vote totals Sunday gave Roemer 33 percent to Edwards' 28 percent.
Roemer may seem odd as a reformer. His background is in old-school Louisiana politics. His father, Charles ``Budgie'' Roemer, once was Edwards' top aide and spent 15 months in jail in a bribery and kickback scheme.
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