/Trump to hold Louisiana rally for GOP candidates in governors race | TheHill

Trump to hold Louisiana rally for GOP candidates in governors race | TheHill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump criticizes supposed second whistleblower North Korea missile test raises fears of new capabilities Window narrows for Trump trade deals MORE will hold a rally for two competing Republican candidates for Louisiana governor Friday in Lake Charles.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is running for reelection in the November 2019 gubernatorial election. Under the state’s jungle primary system, a runoff will be triggered if no candidate achieves a simple majority in Saturday’s primary election.

Trump has refused to take a side between competing Republicans Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone amid fears that the two may split the vote and deliver Edwards a second term.

Last week, Trump tweeted “REPUBLICANS of Louisiana, it is really important for you to go out and vote on October 12th for either Eddie Rispone or Ralph Abraham (both Great), which will lead to a runoff against a  Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Republicans on defense as new reports emerge on impeachment Trump accuses Democrats of ‘interfering’ with 2020 election and ‘continuing to interfere’ with 2016 GOP searches for impeachment boogeyman MORE/Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcCarthy shares ‘Stranger Things’ parody video criticizing impeachment 2020 Democrats push for gun control action at forum O’Rourke hits Buttigieg over not supporting mandatory gun buybacks: ‘It’s time to lead’ MORE Democrat (John Bel Edwards), who does nothing but stymie all of the things we are doing to Make America Great Again.”

The Cook Political Report has rated the race as leaning Democratic. If Edwards secures re-election he would be the first Democratic Louisiana governor to do so since the 1970s. “If the election were held today, there would not be [a runoff],” Edwards told Politico earlier this month. “But it’s not today. It’s still October the 12th.”

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