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Louisiana’s Democratic governor wins re-election in Republican-leaning state

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a conservative Democrat, has won re-election to a second term, narrowly defeating a Republican opponent who had tightly aligned himself with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The victory for Edwards, the only Democratic government in the Deep South, provides a barometer on the value of Trump’s endorsement for Republican candidates ahead the 2020 elections.

Trump traveled to the state three times to support Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, and repeatedly supported the candidate on Twitter. 

During his victory speech Edwards acknowledged Trump. “And as for the president,” he said. “God bless his heart.” A phrase in the South that is usually meant as a putdown.

(Production: Angela Moore)

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