Candidates trying to break out in 5th District

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – For the 14 candidates hoping to win the congressional seat vacated by Rodney Alexander, the biggest challenge for the Oct. 19 open primary is just distinguishing themselves.

The race hasn't drawn a great deal of interest, and the 5th District is sprawling, covering 24 parishes from northeast and central Louisiana into the southeast.

Six men who currently hold elected office started with the highest name recognition and have gained the most traction, since a short timeline has made it more difficult to fundraise and campaign.

Republican state Sen. Neil Riser is the front-runner and has drummed up the most cash. He is widely expected to make it to the November runoff.

Alexander resigned from Congress before his term was up, to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

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