Mike Pence visiting La. ahead of gubernatorial election; Trump visit planned around possible runoff
NEW ORLEANS - Vice President Mike Pence will visit Louisiana over the weekend in an attempt to rally residents to vote out Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.
A news release from the Louisiana GOP says the VP will be at the Pontchartrain Convention and Civic Center in Kenner Saturday afternoon. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m.
President Trump has not individually endorsed either Republican candidate for governor but encouraged Louisiana voters to support both Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham this week.
The election is set for Oct. 12, with a Nov. 16 runoff if none of the candidates earn more than 50 percent of the vote.
Sources within the Louisiana GOP say the president is expected to visit the state if the election comes down to a runoff between Edwards or either of his Republican challengers.
The state's Democratic Party says it's organizing a "day of action" in response to the VP's visit, encouraging residents to participate in early voting and other activities supporting the incumbent governor.