Democrat Edwards advances to La. governor runoff
BATON ROUGE - Democrat John Bel Edwards has secured a spot in the Nov. 21 runoff to decide who will be Louisiana's next governor.
With a base of Democratic Party support, Edwards easily advanced Saturday to the two-man race to decide who will follow term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal into office. Edwards, a state representative, was the lone major Democratic candidate on the ballot.
While his three GOP opponents struck at each other, Edwards saved most of his criticism in the primary for Jindal, who Edwards blamed for cratering the state's finances. Edwards said his rivals each represent a Jindal third term.
He will face Sen. David Vitter as his opponent in the Nov. 21 general election. Edwards wasted no time and came out swinging against Vitter Saturday night saying he wouldn't last five minutes at West Point, where Edwards graduated from.