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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE/Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications 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.”