Rispone falls short in bid to unseat Gov. Edwards

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) (10:50 p.m.) — Republican Eddie Rispone says he’s disappointed at losing the Louisiana governor’s race but he’s thankful for his family and supporters and vowed to continue to work to improve the state.

Rispone spoke late Saturday in Baton Rouge after losing to the incumbent, Democrat John Bel Edwards.

He called on supporters to give a round of applause for President Donald Trump, noting that the president came down three times to the state to campaign.

Speaking of the president, Rispone said: “That man loves America and he loves Louisiana.”

BATON ROUGE, La. (11/16/19) — We are here at the L’Auberge Casino and Hotel where all of republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone’s supporters are gathering to watch the results of tonight’s election. 

Rispone climbed into this runoff after initially being considered an underdog in the primary while running against congressman Ralph Abraham, but Rispone made his way here tonight.

He’s had some notable endorsements from republican leaders in the state and across the nation. His most prominent supporter—President Donald Trump. 

President Trump has visited Louisiana several times, rallying for Rispone and telling voters that it’s time to vote Governor Edwards out of office.

Rispone is going to have to fight all the way to the end, as it’s expected to be a tight race between the republican businessman and incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards.

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