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Charles C. Foti, Jr. (born November 30, 1937), is a former Democratic Attorney General of the U.S. state of Louisiana, United States. He served as Attorney General from 2004 to 2008.

Foti finished last in the three-way jungle primary on October 20, 2007, having trailed both Republican lawyer, Royal Alexander of Shreveport, and Democratic District Attorney, James D. "Buddy" Caldwell, Jr., of Tallulah, the seat of Madison Parish in northeastern Louisiana. Caldwell won the general election and was sworn in to replace Foti on January 14, 2008. Foti fell 6,082 votes shy of displacing Alexander from the second round of balloting.

Prior to becoming attorney general, Foti served for 30 years as Orleans Parish criminal sheriff. Foti won the post when the incumbent, Richard Ieyoub of Lake Charles, ran unsuccessfully for governor in the 2003 primary. Foti defeated the Republican candidate, Suzanne Haik Terrell, also of New Orleans, 689,179 votes (54 percent) to 597,917 (46 percent).

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