The Latest: Polls closing in Louisiana election

Washington Times 5 days ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on Louisiana’s election (all times local):

8 p.m.

Polls are closing in Louisiana’s election, with the Deep South’s only Democratic governor waiting to learn if he’ll win a second term or if he’ll have to campaign until November to learn his fate.

The governor’s race topped the ballot Saturday, with Gov. John Bel Edwards facing five opponents.

His two major opponents are Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.


Edwards needs cross-party support to win, and he needs to top 50% voter support to avoid a Nov. 16 runoff.

The race has drawn national GOP interest, with President Donald Trump rallying Louisiana Republicans on election eve, urging them to vote against Edwards.

Also on the ballot, six other statewide elected officials in Louisiana were trying to win new terms in office.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.

But that is not the only race on the ballot Saturday.

Six Republican incumbents are seeking reelection to their statewide positions.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Treasurer John Schroder, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon are all running for another term.

The races for lieutenant governor, attorney general and insurance commissioner are certain to be settled Saturday, with only two contenders in each race.

Voters are also deciding on four proposals to change the Louisiana Constitution.

State House and Senate seats also are up for grabs, with many of them open because of term limits.

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