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2019 Louisiana governor election

John Bel Edwards (D) has won, 100% of precincts reporting.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2019 at 8:47 a.m. EST

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will defend his seat in a runoff general election on Saturday, Nov. 16. He will face Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.

Edwards and Rispone were the top two vote-getters in the “jungle primary” held Oct. 12. Louisiana primary rules dictate that a runoff is necessary if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. The incumbent, Edwards, fell shy of that threshold with 46.6 percent.

Edwards is hoping to defend his seat as the only Democratic governor in the Deep South. As national attention shifts to Louisiana, President Trump on Thursday will hold his second rally there this month supporting Rispone’s bid. Meanwhile, Edwards’s campaign is working to further mobilize Louisiana’s black voters, who form a core of the party’s base and lagged in getting to the polls Oct. 12.

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LEAD/WON

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Republican

CandidateVotes Pct.
John Bel EdwardsEdwards*DEMCheck
774,46951.3%
Eddie RisponeRisponeGOP
734,12848.7
Total votes from 100% of precincts1,508,597
* Incumbent

By Jason Bernert, Lenny Bronner, Madison Dong, Simon Glenn-Gregg, Jason Holt, Isabelle Lavandero, Erik Reyna, Ashlyn Still and Susan Tyler

Sources: AP