BATON ROUGE, La. — A candidate in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race has ended his lawsuit against a Baton Rouge polling firm.

Former state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert, running without party affiliation, announced last month he was suing Southern Media and Opinion Research and pollster Bernie Pinsonat.

He said the firm’s May survey kept him out of two Senate race forums, but was flawed because it incorrectly described him as a Republican.

Southern Media released a new poll last week that identified Hebert as an independent — and Hebert says that nullified the need for his lawsuit.

The latest poll likely won’t help Hebert get invited to forums, however. It showed him with less than 1 percent support of voters surveyed.

Twenty-four candidates are on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election.