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Sen. Neil Riser will not run for 5th Congressional District seat

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COLUMBIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Senator Neil Riser announces he will not seek the U.S. Congressional seat in Louisiana's 5th District.

Riser said after taking some time to discuss the decision with his family, friends and advisors, he decided over the weekend that he would not run in the election this fall.

KNOE asked Senator Riser if he is throwing his support to any other candidates that have already announced. He says not yet, "Thus far there are some conservative candidates that could be good contenders for the seat."

"I think several more will step forward making this an even stronger field of candidates," says Riser.

Riser mentioned that a few people have expressed their interest in becoming a candidate, and some of those will announce in the near future.

A recent poll conducted by the Glascock Group showed Riser with the lead in potential runoff scenarios against current U.S. Representative Vance McAllister. McAllister said earlier this year he would not be seeking re-election, but has since said his options are open.

Candidates for the 5th Congressional District who have already announced include:
Ralph Abraham (R) Mangham
Harris Brown (R) Monroe
Zach Dasher (R) Calhoun
Clay Grant (L) Boyce
Ed Tarpley (R) Alexandria
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