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Sat Oct 12, 2019, 10:18 PM

Democrat Edwards will face runoff in Louisiana governor's race

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Source: Politico

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, fell short of the majority of the vote needed to clinch reelection in Saturday's all-party primary and will face Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in a one-on-one general election next month.

Edwards was unable to pass the 50 percent threshold; he received 47 percent of the votes cast, according to the AP, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Rispone, meanwhile, held off a fellow Republican, Rep. Ralph Abraham, 27 percent to 24 percent, to capture second place and earn a head-to-head shot against Edwards on Nov. 16.

The outcome of the primary sets up a potentially very competitive general election. While pre-primary polls showed Edwards with significant leads over both Republicans in possible runoffs, GOP candidates combined for more than half the vote on Saturday.

"Over half of Louisiana voters went to the polls today and cast a ballot for someone other than John Bel Edwards," noted Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, who added that Rispone "will unite Republicans and all Louisianans who want to build a better future for their state."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/12/democrat-edwards-will-face-runoff-in-louisiana-governors-race-000285



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Reply Democrat Edwards will face runoff in Louisiana governor's race (Original post)
Polybius Oct 12 OP
fleur-de-lisa Oct 12 #1
elleng Oct 12 #2
ritapria Oct 12 #3
Tiggeroshii Oct 12 #4
rpannier Oct 13 #5
ritapria Oct 13 #6
dalton99a Oct 13 #7
Polybius Oct 13 #13
FBaggins Oct 13 #15
tblue37 Oct 13 #16
rownesheck Oct 13 #8
RandiFan1290 Oct 13 #9
Lucky Luciano Oct 13 #12
rownesheck Oct 13 #17
Roy Rolling Oct 13 #10
Polybius Oct 13 #14
brooklynite Oct 13 #11

Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 10:22 PM

1. Race for second place too close to call?

Geez, Politico. Abraham has already conceded and endorsed Rispone.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 10:25 PM

2. Abraham 24 %, Rispone 28 %,

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 10:27 PM

3. It was a disappointing result for Bel Edwards

He only got 46% of the vote . He was expected to get around 49 % of the vote …...According to the commentators on WDSU-TV , turnout in the African-American Community was weaker than expected …...

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 11:10 PM

4. silver lining

Trump will likely be way more unpopular in Louisiana come November than he is now.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 12:43 AM

5. Disappointed he didn't hit 49%

There was another Dem in the race who got about 1% (last I saw)
The two republikkans got about 52% combined

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Response to rpannier (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 01:50 AM

6. The polling was pretty miserable

Many of them overstated the support for Dems …….Lesson : Don't be fooled by polls showing Trump 10% behind his leading Democratic rivals …. About 3% of the country won't own up to supporting this racist jerk ...It's going to b a close race - at least in the Electoral College …….

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Response to ritapria (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 01:58 AM

7. +1. Racists are also liars.

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Response to ritapria (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 11:15 AM

13. It could also be that Democrats stood home

Unfortunately a lot of us do that on days other than the real Election Day.

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Response to ritapria (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 11:39 AM

15. Not at all.

There were six polls reported in the last week... with Edwards at 43/45/47/48/48/52. His 46.3% fits comfortably within that range and well within the MOE for all but one of those polls. At first glance, the Republicans would appear to have outperformed their polling, but that's not really the case. When pollsters see 10% undecided in a race with a well known statewide incumbent... the only question is whether those voters will stay home or will vote for the opposition. One could question whether they showed up because of Trump's rally... or were just "undecided" on which Republican they were going to vote for (likely)... but the polling was accurate.

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Response to ritapria (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 12:04 PM

16. Polls helped cost Hillary votes--many voters stayed home because they were so sure she

was way ahead and their votes would not be needed.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 06:02 AM

8. Also

John bel Edwards is really conservative. Isn't he pro birth? Sorry, but conservative dems don't really excite the base to come out and vote, and that's on top of the fact that it's nearly impossible to get our generally apathetic asses to vote anyway.

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:01 AM

9. "pro birth" ?

WTF is that supposed to mean?

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 08:00 AM

12. Pro Forced birth was meant.

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 01:01 PM

17. Sorry.

I forgot to add "forced" (pro forced birth). It was early.

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:11 AM

10. True Story

I had lunch in my favorite suburban New Orleans Indian restaurant yesterday and the owners, nice, middle-class immigrants with a daughter recently-graduated from medical school, had the TV on.

I gave my required “Trump is a moron” comment for all to hear, and they lamented the state-of-affairs. And then she told me they only vote in presidential elections. I told her to go vote for Edwards and how important that is.

My point is, there are Edwards voters out there—many stayed home yesterday. And once Edwards brings out the “big guns” for the general election, they won’t stay home.

Republicans flew in the top three Trump org criminals—Dad, Junior, and Pence—and they filled 600 seats out of the 20,000 seat Cajundome in Lafayette.

The media picture is skewed because that’s all Republicans have—spin. Edwards has a $1 billion surplus in the budget after Jindal left a $1 billion annual deficit. Those are the real numbers, and Republicans running a “give us that money in more tax cuts” doesn’t affect someone making $12 an hour under Trump and Republicans.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 11:17 AM

14. "And once Edwards brings out the "big guns" for the general election, they won't stay home."

Since their runoff is on November 16th and not on Election Day, I fear many will stay home again.

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:48 AM

11. "The base" doesn't live in Louisiana

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