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The Louisiana secretary of state's appearance at President Donald Trump's rally is raising questions about whether he's run afoul of state law barring the chief elections official from most political activity.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin appeared last week at Trump's Monroe rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. Ardoin, a Republican, is running against Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup in Saturday's runoff election.

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President Donald Trump worked up a sweat in a steamy Louisiana arena Wednesday night as he attempted to boost Republican businessman Eddie Rispone's effort to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the nation's last governor's race of the year.

 "It may be 120 degrees in this room," Trump told the crowd at the end of a rally in the northeastern Louisiana city of Monroe. 

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Governor John Bel Edwards urged voters to vote early and work hard to get people to the polls in a rally in Monroe just hours before President Donald Trump appears at an event at the Monroe Civic Center.

Edwards stopped at Charles Johnson Children's Park near Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

Speaking to a group of supportes numbering around 200, Democratic Gov. Edwards spoke about his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone. "Eddie knows he can't win on issues. That's why he's trying to make this election about Washington, D.C. I've always put Louisiana first."

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With voting complete in Mississippi and Kentucky, President Donald Trump is turning attention to the last gubernatorial contest of the year, bidding to drive out Louisiana's Democratic governor in a display of political influence ahead of the 2020 elections.

The president is to travel Wednesday to the northeastern Louisiana city of Monroe hoping to muster votes for Republican businessman Eddie Rispone and keep Democrat John Bel Edwards from a second term in a crimson state Trump won by 20 percentage points. Early voting ends Saturday in the Nov. 16 election.

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John Bel Edwards' bid for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will be decided in November, after Louisiana voters Saturday sent him to a runoff in a race that became heavy with national politics in the final days.

Edwards will face Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in the Nov. 16 runoff.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' quest for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch over another month, as voters denied him an outright primary win Saturday and sent him to a runoff election.

The incumbent's inability to top 50% of the vote in the six-candidate field raised questions about his reelection chances against a national Republican offensive that includes President Donald Trump. Trump made a last-minute appeal to Louisiana's voters to reject Edwards.

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President Donald Trump is heading to Louisiana ahead of Saturday's election, for a last-minute rally aimed at peeling support from Gov. John Bel Edwards and keeping the Democratic incumbent from a primary win.

Trump tweeted Sunday about the get-out-the-vote event, saying he's working to elect "a great new Republican Governor!" He hasn't endorsed between GOP candidates Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone.

The president's event will be held Friday night in Lake Charles, in southwest Louisiana.

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Republican Ralph Abraham has started pumping his own money into his campaign to be Louisiana governor, struggling to keep up with the spending pace of his competitors in his bid to unseat Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Latest finance reports in the race show the third-term congressman from rural northeast Louisiana has loaned his campaign $350,000 in the final stretch leading to the Oct. 12 election.

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Republican Ralph Abraham has abandoned his claims to avoid intraparty fighting in Louisiana's governor's race and has begun taking more direct hits at GOP contender Eddie Rispone, as both men try to unseat the Deep South's only Democratic governor.

With early voting ongoing through Saturday, Abraham, a third-term congressman from northeast Louisiana, has released an ad calling Rispone desperate and saying Rispone is lying to voters about Abraham's record.

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) will present a Louisiana Governor's Debate, live on Thursday, September 26 from 7PM to 8PM from the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Participating candidates include incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards (Democrat), U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham (Republican), and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone (Republican). The debate will be broadcast statewide on LPB and in New Orleans on WYES and WLAE. It will also be streamed live at LPB.org/live and on public radio stations.

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