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 John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests 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 PelosiPelosi scoffs at comparison between Trump and Churchill: 'I think they're hallucinating' Republicans stand by Esper after public break with Trump Pelosi joins protests against George Floyd's death outside Capitol MORE/Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters House Democrat demands answers from Secret Service about role breaking up White House protests Pelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' 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.”