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  "Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015 — to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state. We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays. As we do, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And of course, please offer any insights you have." — Sen. David Vitter in a Dec. 4 email to supporters, confirming what political watchers have long thought he would do.

  "Whatever you decide, we have your website waiting for you." — The Louisiana Democratic Party on Twitter, promoting its new anti-Vitter website, www.vitterforgovernor.com. As of press time, it was more of a placeholder than an indictment of David Vitter, featuring only a goofy picture of the senator and a photo of him next to some dead alligators on a swamp hunt.

  "A bright light has gone out but millions of candles of courage & hope were lit by his remarkable life that will burn for generations to come." — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, shortly after the announcement of the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela Dec. 5. Mandela, who spent decades in prison in his fight against Apartheid before becoming South Africa's president, was 95.

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