E. Benjamin Data News Weekly Staff Writer
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, in his race for re-election fell short of the majority of the vote needed to win re-election in the primary and will face Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in the general election next month.
Edwards was in a hard-fought race where both President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence came to the state in an attempt to force Edwards, the only Democratic Governor in the Deep South into a run-off.
In the primary, he received 47 percent of the votes cast, according to the AP, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Rispone, held off a fellow Republican rival, Rep. Ralph Abraham, besting him with 27 percent versus 24 percent, to capture second place and earn a head-to-head shot against Edwards on Nov. 16th.
There were other races on the ballot including, Joseph Bouie winning the race for State Senate District 3 and incumbent Karen Carter Peterson winning big at the polls to continue to represent Louisiana Senate District 5.
In other local races that will be on run-off ballot:
Louisiana State Representative District 91
Robert McKnight will face off Marie Landry.
Louisiana District 97
Eugene Green will face off vs. Matthew Willard.
Louisiana District 99
Adonis Expose’ and Candace Newell are also headed to a November run-off.
Data News Weekly encourages all our readers to stay civically engaged, so get out and vote in the Nov. 16th election that is right around the corner. Have a hand in shaping the future of New Orleans.