Yesterday’s Louisiana gubernatorial election ended with no candidate receiving a majority of the votes. Incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards led the pack, but Republican businessman Eddie Rispone pulled off a minor upset against U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham. Until the last week, Abraham held a lead in the polls over his GOP competitor in a contentious battle to earn the chance to go head-to-head against Edwards.
Now, Abraham has endorsed Rispone for the November 16 run-off, and so should everyone who supported the Congressman’s bid.
This is important for more than just Louisiana’s future. The nation needs to see that President Trump’s support as an outsider in 2016 hasn’t waned, and Rispone is the perfect outsider to deliver that message to the nation. His parallels to the President’s rise to power are similar. If anything, Rispone has been more consistent as a long-time financial backer of Republicans in the state and across the nation.
His victory over a popular incumbent Democrat would bolster the perceived notion that the GOP is able to galvanize behind their representatives in the 2020 election. Democrats are already expecting record turnouts in 2020. It’s imperative that Republicans match or exceed those records as even having Independents favoring President Trump may not be enough. But it’s the down-ballot implications for 2020 that a Rispone victory will help. Republicans have had challenges in presidential election years getting solid turnout in blue states. This apathy has helped Democrats in states like California and New York maintain a monopoly, but in red states like Louisiana, the opposite isn’t true.
By beating Edwards, Rispone will give momentum across the nation to Republicans who are considering also running against popular Democratic candidates. Edwards is a moderate by today’s Democratic standards; he opposes gun control, abortion, and impeachment. Other moderate Democrats in red states will be watching very closely to see if Rispone can use a conservative message to oust Edwards.
Our own endorsement of Eddie Rispone continues forward to the run-off election. He’s what the GOP needs. He’s what Louisiana needs. He’s what America needs. November 16, we’ll see if Louisiana can turn red again.
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