(Reuters) – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a conservative Democrat seeking a second term, will face a Republican businessman in a run-off vote on Nov. 16 after failing to secure outright victory in an election on Saturday.
Edwards received 47% of the votes cast in the six-candidate primary, according to results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. He had needed 50% to win a second term outright.
Eddie - Rispone - Run - Office - Second
Republican Eddie Rispone, making his first run for political office, finished second with 27% of the vote.
U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, led a rally with thousands of cheering supporters on Friday night in Lake Charles in the hope of ousting the only Democratic governor of a Deep South state.
Saturday - Results - Trump - Credit
After Saturday’s results, Trump took credit for a run-off being required.
“The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, has done a poor job. NOW HE IS IN A RUNOFF WITH A GREAT REPUBLICAN … 66% DOWN TO 47% after I explained what a bad job the Governor was doing,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Remarks - Supporters - Rispone - Construction - Entrepreneur
In remarks to his supporters, Rispone, a little-known construction entrepreneur, said to cheear that the president called to congratulate him on making a run-off necessary.
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