BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s weeklong early voting period begins Saturday. The governor’s race tops the ballot, along with elections for secretary of state, legislative seats and a state Supreme Court justice.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is fighting for a second term, with Republican businessman Eddie Rispone within striking distance of ousting the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.
Polls show the race is tight as national GOP leaders work to defeat Edwards. President Donald Trump plans a pro-Rispone rally Wednesday in Monroe, as he works to try to nationalize the race. Edwards is remaining focused on Louisiana-specific issues, suggesting that partisanship in Washington shouldn’t influence votes for governor.
Election Day is Nov. 16. Early voting continues through Nov. 9, except on Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at parish registrar of voters offices or other designated locations.
Twenty-four House seats and five Senate seats in the Louisiana Legislature remain to be settled, with the outcome of the House competitions determining whether Republicans reach the veto-proof, two-thirds supermajority they’ve already claimed in the Senate.
Voters also are deciding whether Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin or his Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup will be Louisiana’s chief elections official. Their runoff is a rematch of the special election Ardoin won last year. Ardoin was a top deputy to former Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations. He took over the position, then won the election to serve the final year of Schedler’s term.
Collins-Greenup has worked in notary and real estate businesses and is a former city court administrator and clerk of court employee. She’s done little fundraising for the race.
Voters in the New Orleans area will choose a new Louisiana Supreme Court justice to fill a seat left vacant when former Justice Greg Guidry was confirmed to a lifetime federal judgeship. The runoff is between Will Crain, a state appeals court judge from Madisonville, and Hans Liljeberg, a state appeals court judge from Metairie.
The secretary of state’s office said 175 elected positions are on the ballot, along with 123 local propositions.
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