Scalise: Louisiana defeat doesn't make Trump 'look bad'

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise: House would 'take action' against Gaetz if DOJ filed charges Scalise carries a milk carton saying Harris is 'missing' at the border Republicans see record fundraising in months after Capitol breach MORE (R-La.) said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’s (D) reelection by a narrow margin Saturday did not make President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE “look bad” after Trump visited the state three times in support of Republican candidate Eddie Rispone.

“What he said was he'd be made to look bad whether he came in the state or not. Eddie Rispone made up about a 22-point disadvantage over the last month because of President Trump's involvement. So Eddie Rispone was at about 27 in the primary. He ended up at 49,” Scalise told Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure MORE on “Fox News Sunday.”


“So clearly President Trump's involvement made a big difference at helping close that massive gap, and, look, the governor's polling showed he was above 50 before President Trump first started getting involved. That forced a runoff,” Scalise added. Trump did not make an endorsement in the primary, urging supporters to vote for either Rispone or his competitor, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.). No candidate achieved a simple majority, forcing the Nov. 16 runoff election.

Rispone polled at 27 percent against Abraham in Louisiana’s jungle primary rather than in head-to-head polling against Edwards. Most polling conducted after the Oct. 12 primary showed Rispone and Edwards within 2 points of each other. Trump and Scalise both stumped for Rispone at a Thursday rally.

Trump offered a similar explanation after incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) was defeated in his reelection bid by Kentucky Attorney General Andrew Beshear (D) earlier this month.

"@MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!)," Trump tweeted after the Kentucky vote.