Local stations in Louisiana are predicting that Gov. John Bel Edwards will edge out Trump-supported Republican Eddie Rispone to remain in office.
The New York Times likewise called the race for Edwards. With 96% of precincts reporting he leads 50.7%/49.3%.
“The runoff for Louisiana governor will be labeled as a referendum on Trump in some circles. Edwards, who has enjoyed an amiable relationship with the president, took a decidedly Democratic tone two weeks ago when he pinned the closure of a St. John the Baptist Parish steel mill, and the loss of nearly 400 jobs, on Trump-backed tariffs,” WDSU reported regarding the election.
“The president fired back on Twitter, calling on voters to support one of the two Republican challengers,” the outlet continued.
“Mr. Edwards has warned that his opponent would return Louisiana to the slashed services and budget deficits that were partly attributable to his Republican predecessor, Bobby Jindal, and that he helped correct,” the Times reported.
“Mr. Rispone has made his campaign largely about aligning himself with President Trump and his policies, effectively making the election a test of Mr. Trump’s influence and the strength of partisan allegiances,” the Times added.
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