Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins re-election in blow to Trump

epa05431088 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (R) speaks during a press conference on the three law enforcement officers shot to death outside a gas station on 17 July, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, 18 July 2016. Three police officers were shot dead and three others wounded in Baton Rouge as they responded to a call of shots fired when they were attacked by a lone gunman. The gunman, who has been identified as former US Marine sergeant Gavin Long, was killed in the shootout. EPA/DAN ANDERSON

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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is projected to narrowly win a second term as Louisiana governor, beating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone by 1.4 percentage points and delivering another blow in off-cycle elections to President Donald Trump.

Edwards was up by over 19,000 votes with 96% of precincts reporting Saturday night, according to the Associated Press.

Edwards’ victory in a state that Trump carried in 2016 by nearly 20 percentage points highlights the limitations of nationalizing local races. Rispone, a wealthy businessman and long-time Republican donor, tied himself to Trump. He often railed against illegal immigrants on the campaign trail and portrayed Edwards as a “liberal, socialist-leaning governor.”



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