John Bel Edwards defeats Trump-backed businessman in close LA governor's race

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.

This is the second Democratic gubernatorial victory in a red state this month, coming after a Democratic victory in Kentucky. Democrat Andy Beshear defeated Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in a state that Trump won by 30 percentage points in 2016…

“If this campaign has taught us anything, it’s that the partisan forces in Washington, DC, are not strong enough to break through the bonds that we share as Louisianans,” Edwards said, adding: “There is far more that unites us than divides us.”