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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Ralph Abraham made spending promises to sheriffs Thursday while offering diverging tax pitches to mayors and municipal leaders, as the pair traveled to campaign forums on opposite ends of Louisiana seeking to woo local officials' support in the governor's race.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leader of Louisiana's House Republicans is backing U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham in the governor's race.

Alexandria state Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House GOP delegation, announced in a video Tuesday that he's endorsing Abraham, rather than Republican contender and businessman Eddie Rispone.

Abraham and Rispone are running against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on the Oct. 12 ballot.

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 Louisiana Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham says he'll pay for four minority congresswomen to leave the country, piggybacking off comments by President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the "progressive" Democrat congresswomen should go back to the "broken and crime infested places" they came from. He said they hail from countries whose governments are the most inept in the world.

Louisiana Governor Releases First TV Ad In Re-election Bid

Jul 8, 2019

The advertising blitz in the Louisiana governor's race began Monday, as Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards released his first statewide TV ad, touting his financial stewardship of the state.

Gov. Edwards' campaign described a sizable "seven-figure ad buy" that will have the 30-second spot in heavy rotation on television and websites. The campaign told The Associated Press that it intends to stay on TV through Election Day with the launch of the ad, which also draws a contrast with the deficit-riddled years of Edwards' Republican predecessor.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham has cosponsored a bill to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, which do not comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham grabbed 180 votes and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone grabbed 94 votes at Saturday’s Southwest Louisiana Republican’s “Iowa Governor’s race straw poll”.

UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Abraham has to be feeling good about the results, and it appears the Congressman is solidifying his frontrunner status.

Cross says, "Having that 2 to 1 over prominent republicans lead is ensuring him that his message is reaching who he wants."

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Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced that Allison Litwin of West Monroe has won the 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition for Louisiana’s 5th District.

High school students from throughout the nation compete annually for the opportunity to have a piece of artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Litwin’s art will hang among other winners from congressional districts across the country in the Capitol for a year, beginning this summer.

A new poll on the governor’s race shows John Bel Edwards at 44%, but Republican challenger Ralph Abraham not far behind at 33%. Abraham’s campaign funded the survey.  UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the poll also shows Abraham with a 23-point lead over fellow Republican candidate Eddie Rispone, who is at 10%.

Cross says Rispone has a tough job in gaining familiarity among voters, saying he’s got deep pockets but has not spent much on his campaign yet.

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