Louisiana’s Departing GOP Rep. Graves Planning Comeback

In a surprise move late Friday, five-term Rep. Garrett Graves, R-La., announced he would not seek reelection this year.

Stalwart conservative Graves explained that running again “does not make sense” because of a Supreme Court ruling in May upholding a lower court decision that makes his 6th District (Baton Rouge) one of two Black-majority U.S. House districts in the Pelican State.

But Louisiana Republicans who spoke to Newsmax on background unanimously agreed Graves would devote his time out of office next year to planning a challenge to Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in 2026. Cassidy was one of seven Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 controversy and was promptly censured by the state Republican Party.

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