Published: Tue, October 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

John Bel Edwards forced into runoff in Louisiana

John Bel Edwards forced into runoff in Louisiana

The state Democratic Party, meanwhile, sent some voters a robocall recorded by former President Barack Obama. NOW HE IS IN A RUNOFF WITH A GREAT REPUBLICAN, @EddieRispone, ' Trump boasted Saturday night as he took credit for helping keep the Democrat from victory.

When asked if he can accomplish his goals with a Republican-controlled legislature if he is re-elected, Edwards said everything he has achieved in office has happened with bipartisan effort.

Rispone is a millionaire businessman who is running as an outsider.

As widely expected, yesterday's "jungle primary" in the Louisiana Governor's race ended with nobody winning a majority.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards speaks to his supporters at the New Orleans Jazz Market on September 25, 2019.

Edwards will compete in the November 16 runoff against either Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham or Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who were vying for second place.

Edwards has a conservative, pro-life and pro-guns stance, which appealed to Republicans or Independents who lean conservative, Michael Henderson, a Louisiana State University professor, told The Advocate.

President Donald Trump held an election eve, anti-Edwards rally Friday night.

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President Donald Trump already tweeted his support for Rispone in the head-to-head matchup, signaling other Republicans should do the same. Throughout his campaign, Edwards sought to make the election a referendum on his performance rather than a commentary on Louisiana's views on national politics. "Thank you Louisiana! 66% down to 47% after I explained what a bad job the Governor was doing". But Trump did not endorse either candidate outright, so he could maximize the changes that Edwards would fall below the 50 per cent threshold - which worked. For one thing, despite the fact that Edwards managed to win the runoff election four years ago against former Senator David Vitter, Louisiana is a solidly red state. He must top 50% voter support to avoid a November 16 runoff.

Neither GOP candidate was among the top-tier contenders Republicans had hoped would get in the race.

Trump won Louisiana by 20 points in 2016.

"Tonight, Louisiana voters soundly rejected John Bel Edwards", said LAGOP Chairman Louis Gurvich".

Election talk is the hottest topic going right now and we brought in political analyst Scott Hughes to talk about Saturday's election.

Edwards faces two main GOP challengers: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone. Three other lesser-known contenders also ran.

Mr. Abraham, who represents the state's 5th Congressional District, conceded defeat around 10 p.m.

Five Republican statewide elected officials on the ballot won reelection: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Treasurer John Schroder, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.

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