Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Louisiana voters pick between Democratic governor and Trump

Louisiana voters pick between Democratic governor and Trump

President Trump's visit to Bossier City drew thousands to the Bossier City CenturyLink Center for a campaign rally for Republican Gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. And both candidates for governor got some of their last shots in before the election, holding events in the Shreveport-Bossier area where Rispone also got an assist from President Donald Trump. Democrat John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term against little-known Republican political donor Eddie Rispone. Abraham endorsed Rispone and appeared at the rally with Trump.

But in targeting Louisiana's moderate Democratic incumbent, Trump is trying to replace a governor who still maintains positive approval ratings and who has managed to keep the competition far tighter than Republicans want.

Even in reliably Republican Louisiana, the gubernatorial contest has reached its final days ahead of Saturday's election as a tossup. Rispone narrowly edged out Rep. Ralph Abraham, a Republican, to claim a spot in the runoff against Edwards, and not all the wounds have healed from the Rispone-Abraham contest. The 70-year-old owner of a Baton Rouge industrial contracting company had never run for office and had little name recognition.

But with two appearances in the closing weeks of the race, the president has put his political capital on the line for Rispone as part of an effort to rebuff any speculation about his declining clout. "Do you stand with John Bel and the radical Democrats or President Trump and Eddie Rispone?" Polling showed him only clearly beating one Republican in a runoff, scandal-ridden David Vitter, and Vitter was the Republican who managed to secure a runoff spot alongside Edwards.

Trump Took the stage and spoke for about an hour... his focus went back and forth between Impeachment Hearings in Washington and The Economy.

Speaking in friendly territory in a state he carried in 2016 by 20 percentage points, President Trump lashed out at Democratic investigators and what he called a "deranged impeachment witch hunt". He is a former Army Ranger who describes himself as pro-guns and a pro-life Democrat. He dismissed the president's support for Rispone as Washington partisanship. "Me, it's my whole life, it's insane", he said.

"I thought they were good".

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The Democrat highlighted his bipartisan work with the majority-GOP state Legislature to end years of budget crises, pass the first K-12 statewide teacher raise in a decade and overhaul criminal sentencing laws. If Rispone can consolidate the Republican vote and those same voters turn out on Saturday to support him, the race could be close and result in a victory for Rispone.

"I'm just looking for a change", she said. "Highly, highly respected. A man of faith and a lifelong Louisiana patriot", Trump said at the really last week.

University employee Troy Taliancich, 41, a registered independent from New Orleans, picked Edwards.

Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist, said this week that regardless of what happens in Louisiana, "Hill Republicans know their political fortunes are tied to Trump, period". He offered few specifics about his agenda. "Eddie will cut your taxes and regulations".

"We want Louisiana to be No. 1 in the South when it comes to jobs and opportunity". "We want to do for Louisiana what Trump has done for the nation". "He doesn't have any vision for the state of Louisiana". He has also echoed the president's outsider appeals and pet issue, arguing that a state government needs a businessman while assailing Edwards over immigration.

Edwards hit Rispone for his support of unpopular former Gov. Bobby Jindal, saying Rispone would return Louisiana to policies that boosted state deficits.

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