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Voters head for urns in critical race for governor of Louisiana



Voters head to the ballot box on Saturday to vote in the crucial Louisiana gubernatorial race as both Democrats and Republicans participate to push their candidate through the final.

Gov. John Bell Edwards (D), the only Democrat governor in the state of the Deep South, is facing Republican wealthy businessman Eddie Rispone, a first-time candidate who has already thrown $ 12 million of his own money into his campaign. Signals point to Saturday's nail, as two polls this week show Edwards only 2 points ahead, well within the margin of error.

Edwards led the primary vote in the jungle in October, but was forced to run in November when he failed to secure at least 50 percent of the vote. Rispone finished second with 27 percent, splitting the GOP vote with a rap. Ralph Abraham.

Early voting in the state this week reached a record high for the non-presidential year, as competition rises in national and national prominence. As a positive sign for Edwards, black voters make up about 31

percent of all who cast their ballots early, a roughly 6-point hit from black voters in the first round of voting last month.

"There are very few black voters who will support a Republican, and especially that Republican who equates so much with Donald Trump," Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, told The Hill this week. "The black voter who is motivated to vote is a vote for John Bell Edwards."

The results of early voting also show that Democrats make up a larger share of the electorate than in the first round of voting.

Both sides have redoubled their efforts in the race, the results of which may signal how competitive Democrats can remain in increasingly conservative states.

While the Democratic National Committee is publicly holding one hand away from Edwards, carefully nationalizing the race in a heavily Republican state, the Association of Democratic Governors joined social media later this week to help curb the incumbent.

. " @EddieRispone's political ideas – or lack thereof – will send Louisiana back to Jindal in days worth $ 2 billion and massive education cuts, "the group tweeted Thursday, referring to Edward Boob Jindal's predecessor (R). "Thanks to #LAGov @JohnBelForLA Louisiana is moving forward."

For their part, Republicans have opened cash registers for Rispone as they work to remove Edwards. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has poured more than $ 1 million into delayed efforts to get a vote, doubling its previous investment. The committee also sent 60 paid employees to Louisiana.

Meanwhile, the race turned into a referendum on President Trump Donald John Trump launches a new line of impeachment attack on Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0 million on Trump campaign in bitcoin countries Trump's account of Ukraine's impetus is exploring MORE power after it held three rallies for Rispone. The president most recently traveled to Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana to hold a 14,000-seat arena-voting rally, where he explicitly tied his score to the result of the race.

"You have to make a big profit for me, please, okay," said the president of the supporters.

Good morning Louisiana! The polls are open at 7am. Come out and VOTE for @EddieRispone to be your next ruler! It will reduce your taxes and car insurance (the highest in the country!). He loves our military and veterinarians. It will protect your [Second Amendment]"he added on Saturday morning.