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Governor's race, 6 other statewide jobs on Louisiana ballot

Added 10-12-19 03:03:01am EST - “Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor, trying to keep national politics from sinking his chances at outright victory in Saturday's open primary election.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Governor’s race, 6 other statewide jobs on Louisiana ballot”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor, trying to keep national politics from sinking his chances at outright victory in Saturday’s open primary election.

In addition to choosing their governor, Louisiana voters will decide whether to keep six other Republican statewide elected officials for another term and whether to rewrite four provisions in the state constitution.

All candidates, regardless of party, run against each other on the same ballot. Runoff elections, as needed, will be held Nov. 16 among the top two vote-getters in each competition if no candidate reaches more than 50% of the vote.

Edwards faces five opponents on the ballot, though the competition is focused on two major Republican challengers: Ralph Abraham, a third-term congressman and physician from northeast Louisiana, and Eddie Rispone, a Baton Rouge businessman who has spent millions of his own wealth on the race.

Abraham and Rispone are competing for the No. 2 spot, hoping to force the race into a runoff. They suggest Edwards is out of step with Louisiana, saying taxes he supported to balance the budget are too high and are chasing people and businesses from the state.

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