Louisiana's Republican state treasurer enters US Senate race

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Posted: Jan 26, 2016 11:06 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's well-known and popular state treasurer is playing up his outsider status and saying, "I want my country back," as he becomes the latest Republican to enter the U.S. Senate race.

John Kennedy announced his campaign Tuesday in a statement noting he's often at odds with Louisiana's GOP officials. He said: "I think I make the right people mad. My job is to protect taxpayers, not seek the approval of my political peers."

In his fifth term, Kennedy becomes a significant contender in the Nov. 8 election to fill the seat being vacated by GOP incumbent David Vitter. Kennedy has shown prodigious fundraising ability and has high approval ratings.

But he's unsuccessfully tried twice to win a Senate seat: in 2004 as a Democrat and in 2008 as a Republican.