Louisiana’s Democratic governor wins re-election in Republican-leaning state: media

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FILE PHOTO: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards speaks throughout a information convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 10, 2016. Information/Jonathan Bachman

WASHINGTON (Information) – Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has been re-elected to a second time period, narrowly defeating a Republican opponent who had carefully aligned himself with U.S. President Donald Trump, the Democratic Nationwide Committee (DNC) stated.

The victory for Edwards, a conservative Democrat and the one Democratic governor within the Deep South, comes on the heels of current Democratic beneficial properties in Kentucky and Virginia.

Trump, who had gained 58% of the favored vote in Louisiana within the 2016 presidential election, had traveled to the state 3 times to assist Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, and repeatedly supported the candidate on Twitter.

On Saturday afternoon he urged voters on Twitter: “Louisiana, three hours left, get out and Vote for @EddieRispone for Governor. Decrease taxes and far more!”

The Related Press known as the election for Edwards late on Saturday night.

Tom Perez, chairman of the DNC, stated Edwards’ victory was one other signal of the “surging energy” of Democrats.

“Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia have delivered a devastating warning to Donald Trump’s Republican Occasion,” he stated in a press release. “Democrats are competing and profitable in each nook of the nation. Lower than a 12 months earlier than the 2020 election, the wind is firmly at our backs.”

The DNC invested closely within the Louisiana Democratic Occasion to assist Democrats’ election efforts.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Enhancing by Himani Sarkar