Poll: Democratic incumbent Edwards leads GOP challenger Rispone in Louisiana governor runoff

Poll: Democratic incumbent Edwards leads GOP challenger Rispone in Louisiana governor runoff
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards holds a slim lead over businessman Eddie Rispone in a new poll just days ahead of the state's gubernatorial runoff election.

A poll from local Fox affiliate WVUE-TV found that Edwards led Rispone 48 percent to 46 percent among registered voters, with 6 percent of voters remaining undecided about their vote.


Louisiana's election is in just four days, and WVUE-TV's poll comes as GOP polling firm Cygnal found Edwards leading Rispone 50 percent to 48 percent in a second poll released Tuesday. Just 2 percent of voters said they were undecided in Cygnal's poll.

Voters in the WVUE-TV poll were heavily split among racial lines, with just 2 percent of black voters backing Rispone compared to 92 percent backing Edwards. White voters were split by a slightly smaller margin, with 66 percent backing Rispone and 28 percent supporting Edwards.

Edwards, though a Democrat, also registered support from 15 percent of voters who picked President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton after debate: 'Everyone better vote' Hillary Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' is 'very profoundly a theological statement' House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE (D) in 2016, while also leading Rispone slightly (47 percent to 44 percent) among voters who did not participate in the state's all-party primary.

The WVUE-TV poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy, surveyed 625 registered Louisiana voters and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points. The Cygnal poll was conducted with 800 likely voters, with a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points.