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Trump to hold Louisiana rally for GOP candidates in governor's race

 Trump to hold Louisiana rally for GOP candidates in governor's race
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President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE will hold a rally for two competing Republican candidates for Louisiana governor Friday in Lake Charles.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is running for reelection in the November 2019 gubernatorial election. Under the state’s jungle primary system, a runoff will be triggered if no candidate achieves a simple majority in Saturday’s primary election.

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Trump has refused to take a side between competing Republicans Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone amid fears that the two may split the vote and deliver Edwards a second term.

Last week, Trump tweeted “REPUBLICANS of Louisiana, it is really important for you to go out and vote on October 12th for either Eddie Rispone or Ralph Abraham (both Great), which will lead to a runoff against a  Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE/Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE Democrat (John Bel Edwards), who does nothing but stymie all of the things we are doing to Make America Great Again.”

The Cook Political Report has rated the race as leaning Democratic. If Edwards secures re-election he would be the first Democratic Louisiana governor to do so since the 1970s. “If the election were held today, there would not be [a runoff],” Edwards told Politico earlier this month. “But it’s not today. It’s still October the 12th.”