Edwards/Rispone head to a runoff; Abraham concedes

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – (10/12/19) Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will have to battle for another month to try to hang on to his job as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.


The Democratic incumbent was forced into a runoff election, unable to top 50% of the vote in Saturday’s primary in the heart of Trump territory.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at his election night watch party in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Edwards will compete in the Nov. 16 runoff against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.


The race drew the attention of the national GOP, which sought to defeat Edwards by tying him to national Democratic leaders in a state that Trump won by 20 points.

President Donald Trump held an election eve, anti-Edwards rally Friday night. He didn’t endorse either Abraham or Rispone, instead simply calling on Republicans to vote against the Democratic incumbent.

In Monroe Saturday night, Congressman Ralph Abraham spoke about coming in third place, saying the state and his supporters need to back Rispone to unseat the Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards.

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