The 3 major candidates for Louisiana governor will debate tonight

It's the first debate for Edwards, Abraham and Rispone

Jim Hanzo
September 19, 2019 - 11:16 am

The three major candidates for Louisiana governor are facing off in their first debate, ahead of the October 12 election.   

While the Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards is well known after serving almost 4 years, the 2 republican candidates, Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone are eager to get themselves out so those watching the debate will get to know them and what they stand for.

While ads have been running, it's the the chance to see the 3 candidates get together in front of a statewide audience.  Martin Johnson, professor of Mass Communication at LSU says no doubt this is a competitive race by what we've seen in the commercials so far.     

"I think we will definitely see some interesting stuff come out of this in the policy situation as well as the politics," Johnson told WWL's Tommy Tucker this morning.     

Johnson says what's even more important is not what happens during the debate but how it is covered in the media afterward.  That plays a part for those voters who are not able to tune in.  

"What happens in the media after the debate, as we sort of debate the debate, is really, at the end of the day, what is going to be the legacy of that debate," Johnson said.   

The debate is at 7 p.m. and can be seen locally on WGNO.   



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