Louisiana's Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards defeats Trump-backed businessman in close race, CNN projects
Washington(CNN)Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards narrowly won reelection, CNN projected Saturday night, beating out Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, who was backed by President Donald Trump.
Edwards will claim victory in a deep red state Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016, and against a businessman who closely aligned himself with the President. Trump held two rallies in Louisiana over the past 10 days, but the attempt at a last-minute boost was not enough to carry Rispone over the finish line.
You will note that he did it by appealing to conservatives in the state he lives in and by distancing himself from democrats in Washington. If I lived in that state, I would have voted for him despite not really agreeing with perhaps his views on guns. He did expand Medicare which would have went a long with me.
The victory was a deeply personal one for Mr. Edwards, a conservative Democrat in a state and region where his party can often be a disqualifier in statewide races. He campaigned on his accomplishments in office, like balancing the budget, increasing education spending and expanding Medicaid. He also highlighted his conservative stances on abortion and guns and showcased his background as a West Point graduate and son of a sheriff, to appeal to right-leaning voters.
I'd consider voting for him, assuming that his record on guns is as-advertised. Although I'm still pissed off over the 2008 primaries and vote accordingly, so I'd have to think long and hard about it before I actually did so.
Sun 17 Nov, 2019 09:39 am
David Holmes, an official from the US embassy in Kiev who testified behind closed doors, said that he overheard the President's phone call with Ambassador Gordon Sondland in Ukraine where Trump inquired about his requests to Ukraine. Holmes said that during that call "I heard President Trump ask, so he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to.'"