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Republican businessman to run for Louisiana governor in 2019

10 months 1 week 3 days ago Wednesday, October 10 2018 Oct 10, 2018 October 10, 2018 2:06 PM October 10, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
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BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has drawn his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race.
  
Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone (RIHS-poh-nay) filed state paperwork Wednesday declaring his candidacy for the 2019 election.
  
Rispone tells The Associated Press: "I am definitely running. This is it."
  
Rispone, founder of an industrial contracting company, is a longtime donor to GOP and conservative campaigns and causes. The wealthy businessman says he plans to invest his own money in what will be an expensive governor's race.
  
Edwards, a Democrat seeking his second term, reported $5 million in his campaign account earlier this year. Rispone says he's setting aside a similar amount of his own money "to get started" and will start fundraising immediately.
  
Rispone says he'll make an official campaign announcement later this year.

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