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Gubernatorial candidates set sights on northeast battleground parishes

Posted at 8:07 AM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 09:21:29-05

MONROE — The gubernatorial race is converging on the northeastern portion of the state Wednesday.

Republican hopeful Eddie Rispone will hold a rally at the Monroe Civic Center on Wednesday evening.

The rally will feature an appearance by President Donald Trump. An official with the president's relection campaign says that the president plans to highlight his administration's successes for Louisiana.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Anyone who wishes to attend must register first on the Trump 2020 relection campaign website.

This is the second time Trump has come to Louisiana to rally for the GOP cause in the governor's race. Trump appeared on stage with Rispone and eventual third-place finisher Ralph Abraham during a rally in Lake Charles one day before the October 12 primary election.

Governor John Bel Edwards will also be in Ouachita Parish today. He will meet with his campaign volunteers during the day before speaking to members of the media.

The northeastern portion of the state is a battleground area in the general election. That area, which comprises most of the Fifth Congressional District, voted heavily for Abraham, the Fifth District representative. Abraham carried 46 percent of the vote in that region. Rispone is hoping to pull in the majority of those votes.

Edwards, who finished the primary with 47 percent of the vote, hopes he can get enough of those voters to swing his way to edge out Rispone in the runoff.