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Chairman Louis Gurvich of the Louisiana State Republican Party told Breitbart News Washington political editor Matt Boyle on Breitbart News Sunday, heard each week on Sirius XM’s Patriot Channel 125, that Republican Eddie Rispone will defeat incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards in the state’s November 16 gubernatorial runoff election.
In Saturday’s “jungle primary election” Edwards fell short of the 50 percent he needed to avoid a runoff, securing only 47 percent of all votes cast. Businessman Eddie Rispone finished in second place with 27 percent, qualifying to take on Edwards in a head-to-head battle in the runoff election. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) finished in third place with 23 percent of the vote.
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“Eddie came from a poor working-class family in north Baton Rouge. He runs a very large contracting company. He’s done very, very well for himself. He’s just a wonderful, energetic person to be around. I think he’s right for Louisiana in so many ways that our current governor is not right,” Gurvich said of Rispone.
Gurvich was upbeat about Rispone’s prospects in the November 16 runoff.
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“He’s going to win, and I think he’s going to win handily. We’re going to do very well in this race,” Gurvich declared.
The chairman noted that higher voter turnout drove across-the-board gains for Republicans in Louisiana on Saturday.
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“We had a great night up and down the ballot; it wasn’t just in the governor’s race,” he told Boyle.
“We’re within range in both houses [in the state legislature] of obtaining a super majority, in the Senate and the House. Turnout was 20 percent above the 2015 levels. We got 52 percent of the vote, which I think is extremely important,” Gurvich noted.
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“The governor, the current Democrat governor, John Bel Edwards, lost vote share in 62 of the 64 parishes of Louisiana. We call our counties parishes here. They...
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