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For Modest 6th District Campaign, a Modest End

Louisiana State Senator and former Congressional Candidate Dan Claitor at campaign party November 4, 2014.
Frank Barnett, WRKF
Louisiana State Senator and former Congressional Candidate Dan Claitor at campaign party November 4, 2014.

 

Gov. BobbyJindal’sformer coastal chief Garrett Graves was the top Republican finisher in the6thCongressional District race on Tuesday. While he was celebrating at theCrownePlaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, State Sen. DanClaitor, another Republican contender, was at a friend's house having gumbo. 

Louisiana State Senator and former Congressional Candidate Dan Claitor at campaign party November 4, 2014.
Credit Frank Barnett, WRKF
Louisiana State Senator and former Congressional Candidate Dan Claitor at campaign party November 4, 2014.

"It’s a family atmosphere," said Claitor's campaign manager Brent Robertson. "It’s a friend atmosphere, and it definitely is a reflection of who he is."

The laid back mood and relaxed gathering of Claitor’s friends and family perfectly suited the occasion and the candidate.

But Claitor, whose mother passed away less than two weeks ago, was subdued throughout the evening. The mood became more somber as it became clear that Claitor was heading home, while Garret Graves was heading to a runoff with former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

In the end, Claitor thinks money may have been the deciding factor.

"The short, pure, simple deal," said Claitor, "is Mr. Graves raised and spent $1.3 million dollars. Nobody else spent that much money. And so, we have to ask the question: 'Was it just a factor of money? Or was he actually a better candidate?'"

Graves, however, was all business Tuesday night. 

"I don't take anything for granted at all," Graves said. "We have a meeting starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning to begin planning the runoff. And, we'regoing get back to work right away." 

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Frank is a native Houstonian. He relocated to Baton Rouge to attend LSU where he earned a communications degree. After working in the film industry for three years as a production assistant, he decided to make the switch to radio and could not be happier with his decision.

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