Trump popularity fails to bolster Eddie Rispone, Matt Bevin gubernatorial campaigns
Added 11-17-19 07:22:02pm EST - “Republican losses in two gubernatorial elections ?" Saturday in Louisiana and a week earlier in Kentucky ?" show even President Trump's popularity in red states isn't enough to bail out deeply flawed GOP candidates, according to political…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Republican losses in two gubernatorial elections — Saturday in Louisiana and a week earlier in Kentucky — show even President Trump’s popularity in red states isn’t enough to bail out deeply flawed GOP candidates, according to political experts.
Democratic incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards won reelection Saturday night, defeating Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, despite Mr. Trump holding two rallies on Mr. Rispone’s behalf and three overall in Louisiana in a month.
“This shows absolutely nothing about Trump’s ability to take Louisiana next year, but this proves that even in a majority conservative state, Trump can’t come in and rescue a Republican candidate if that candidate isn’t a strong one,” said John Couvillon, a Louisiana-based pollster and political analyst.
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“Gov. Edwards did what he had to do to win,” Mr. Couvillon added, noting the moderate Democrat benefitted from high turnout from black voters in New Orleans and even drew some Republican support in the suburbs.
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