Republican Donald Trump and Co. LOSE another one on the state level…
Democrats continue to crawl back from their loses with Trump’s victory in 2016…
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) won a second term on Saturday, overcoming a wealthy Republican challenger in a state that has increasingly leaned to the right in recent years.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Edwards led businessman Eddie Rispone (R) by 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent margin. The Associated Press projected Edwards would hold on.
Edwards campaigned on his accomplishments over the course of his first four years in office, when he expanded Medicaid to cover low-income residents, broke a budget deadlock with the state legislature and signed teacher pay raises into law.
Rispone tried to nationalize the contest in a state where President Trumpremains broadly popular. He compared Edwards to national Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), even though Edwards is pro-life and supports gun ownership rights.
But voters still tend to see state-level races through a different lens than they view federal contests. Edwards is one of a handful of governors who represent a state their party’s presidential candidate will not win — Democrats who run red states like Kansas and Montana and Republicans who govern Massachusetts, Maryland and Vermont…..
Governor Edwards is hardly a ‘progressive’….
Recent governor wins in the South should serve as a warning to Democrats….