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Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards Defeats Republican Eddie Rispone Despite Trump: NPR



Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards talks to the media in Shreveport, La., Thursday. On Saturday, Edwards, a Democrat, defeated Republican Eddie Rispone, who President Trump approved.

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Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards spoke to the media in Shreveport, La., Thursday. Saturday, Edwards, a Democrat, defeated Republican Eddie Rispone, who President Trump approved.

Gerald Herbert / AP

Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards, a Democrat, held his seat on Saturday after a tough challenge from his Republican opponent, Eddie Rispone, a wealthy businessman and political novice who President Trump supported.

Edwards is the only Democrat governor in the deep South and is not a typical Democrat. He owns the Second Amendment gun, which signed one of the toughest abortion bills in the country this year.

This is the third and last governorship election in 2019 and the second loss for President Trump, who is running for three candidates. The president was in Louisiana this week and called the race a personal referendum, urging voters to eliminate Edwards.

About two weeks ago, Republican Tate Reeves won the open seat in Mississippi, but in Kentucky, Democrat Andy Besher deposed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Edwards' second term may be a bitter pill for Trump, who heavily invested in this year's election before his own 2020 election. [19659013]
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