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Polls are closed in the state primary election to determine whether democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards face a runoff election next month against one of the two GOP contenders.
Under Louisiana, in the so-called “jungle primary” system, all candidates of the two parties on a single ballot, and a runoff is triggered if no candidate achieves a simple majority.
The voters went to the polls, a night after President Trump encourage a rally in Lake Charles in a last desperate attempt to, the voters vote for U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone in order to prevent Edwards from hitting the magic number of “50 percent plus one.” A runoff election would take place on Nov. 16.
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Trump was careful not to throw its weight behind the Republican Challenger to run, and instead was joined on the stage Abraham and Rispone in the “Keep America Great rally.”
Abraham, 65, a third-term Congressman from rural Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana, touted his background as a doctor. He promised tax cuts, while promising new spending for early childhood education, roads and public safety. He did not explain how he will balance the budget with less revenue.
Rispone, 70, founder of the Baton Rouge industrial contracting company, is the GOP a long time political donors running his first office. He largely self-funded his campaign, pouring $11 million into the race. He presented himself in the Form of Trump, describes himself as a conservative outsider who would return to the traditional political system and overturning in Baton Rouge.
Edwards deals with a crisis on Saturday morning, after a part of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in the city of New Orleans collapsed, killed one person and injured dozens more. Rescue efforts were ongoing inside the building as law enforcement officials, said two people remained trapped in the well as a 270-Meter-high crane remained unstable, require to stabilize may be larger devices.
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Republicans tried to prove that Edwards’ longshot win in the year 2015 was a coincidence, favored by a flawed GOP opponent, David Vitt, who was hobbled by a prostitution scandal and the attacks on his moral character by fellow Republicans in the primary school.
Democrats want to win a Edwards re-election, to show that they can compete, even in a ruby red state, the Trump, won with 20 points. To do during his campaign, Edwards tried that the election is a referendum on his performance rather than a comment on Louisiana ‘ s views on national politics.
Edwards, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger opposed to the abortion and gun restrictions, speaks of work, and with the trump administration, and calls for the U.S. house Democrats, ” impeachment inquiry a distraction governing in Washington. He is among one of the most strictest abortion signed bans, but also expanded Louisiana’s Medicaid program, adding almost half a million people guarantees government-funded health care and the reduction of the state’s uninsured rate below the national average.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.