(PM) – Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards is projected to win the Louisiana Gubernatorial race against Republican Eddie Rispone, according to local media stations WDSU and WAFB.
In an October 12th primary, Edwards received 47 percent of the vote, slightly under the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff election.
Eddie Rispone self-funded much of his campaign and was supported by President Donald Trump, who campaigned with him in Louisiana twice in November.
Edwards first became the Governor of Louisiana in 2015, when he defeated Republican David Vitter. In that race, Bel Edwards received 56.11 percent, while his opponent received 43.89 percent.
Edwards served in the military from 1988-1996. From 2008 to 2015 Edwards served as a Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 72nd district.
While Edwards is a democrat, he supports multiple conservative views, notably being pro-life and differing with Democrats on gun issues. In 2015, Edwards stated: “I support gun rights, unlike national Democrats.”