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President Trump and VP Pence rallying Louisianians to vote red

Posted at 8:41 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 23:22:50-04

LAFAYETTE — Vice President Mike Pence will hit the campaign trail this weekend in Louisiana, but this trip is not about the race for 2020 - it's about the race for Louisiana's governor.

President Trump wants to flip Louisiana red. This week he tweeted multiple times urging Louisianians to vote.

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In a race with two Republicans, he's endorsing both - Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.

KATC'S political analyst Pearson Cross says the move is somewhat odd.

"It seems a little uncomfortable. But frankly I think both Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone are big Donald Trump fans," Cross says.

Cross questions the effectiveness of the presidential endorsement at this point in the campaign.

"I think an endorsement from President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, if that would sway voters, I think it would have done that by now. There may be a few voters on the line with which way do I go. I think this is more about turn out and enthusiasm. It may be better for Republicans," Cross said.

If no candidate wins at least 50% of the vote on Election Day, the race heads to a runoff. It's a race Cross says will have big impacts down the road.

"There's a prize given for this next governor. That is control over redistricting. So redistricting in Louisiana could mean a lot in terms of our congressional delegation and in terms of our state legislature. This is an important election." Cross said.

KATC will have this story and more on our 10 p.m. show. Watch our livestream below.