Louisiana governor says he expects GOP onslaught

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October 13, 2019 - 11:54 am

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is telling his supporters to brace for a barrage of national Republican efforts trying to unseat him in the five weeks leading to Louisiana’s runoff election.

The Deep South’s only Democratic governor fell below 50% voter support Saturday night. He was forced into a Nov. 16 runoff against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone to determine if he’ll win a second term.

President Donald Trump held an election eve rally urging Louisiana’s voters to reject Edwards. The president took credit on Twitter for keeping Edwards from a primary victory, and he praised Rispone.

Edwards told supporters: “We’ve got a little more work to do.” But he said he believes Louisiana voters will embrace the spirit of bipartisanship in November and reelect him.

Edwards was unable to gain an outright victory in Saturday’s primary in the heart of Trump territory. 

National Republicans bombarded Louisiana with advertising and get-out-the-vote events to keep Edwards from the primary win.

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