Final debate Wednesday ahead of Louisiana governor election

State Politics

From left, Eddie Rispone, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham participate in the first televised gubernatorial debate Thursday Sept. 19, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — (10/9/19) Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is debating his two major GOP opponents one last time before Saturday’s election.

The Deep South’s only Democratic governor will square off with U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone (ris-POH-nee) for the final televised primary debate Wednesday night in Shreveport.

The third TV debate of the race comes as Republicans have launched a national effort trying to keep Edwards from a primary victory. President Donald Trump plans an election eve rally on Friday against Edwards, following get-out-the-vote events from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr.

If Edwards can top 50% of the vote Saturday, he won’t head to a runoff. With two competing candidates, Republicans have had difficulty unifying against Edwards.

The debate, hosted by Gray Television, will be aired statewide.

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