President Trump suffered another setback in the South on Saturday.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D)defeatedhis Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, a wealthy businessman who had Trump’s backing, to secure another term in Baton Rouge. After polls predicted a close race, Edwards edged Rispone by about 40,000 votes,carryingmost of the state’s urban centers. Rural areas mostlysupportedRispone.
Edwards’ victory is widely viewed as a loss for Trump and the GOP, especially after Democratic challenger Andy Beshearwona tightly contested race against incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R). Trump had campaigned heartily for both candidates. “If this campaign has taught us anything, it’s that the partisan forces in Washington, D.C., are not enough to break through the bonds that we share as Louisianans,” Edwardssaidduring his victory speech.
The presidentdecriedEdwards as a “radical leftist” in the lead up to the election. The governoris knownfor expanding Medicaid and criminal justice reform, but he has also received criticism from his own party for supporting antiabortion measures. Read more atThe Washington PostandNPR.