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Second TV debate coming Thursday in Louisiana governor race

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, September 26 2019 Sep 26, 2019 September 26, 2019 5:05 AM September 26, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his two main Republican challengers are set to spar in their second statewide TV debate, two days from the start of early voting.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor will square off with U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone on Thursday night in Lafayette. The election is Oct. 12.

The week-long early voting period begins Saturday. Polls show Edwards well ahead of his competitors, with Abraham and Rispone trying to keep him from outright victory in the primary.

If Edwards doesn't top 50 percent of the vote, he'll face the second-place finisher in a Nov. 16 runoff, a two-man competition that could change the race's dynamics.

Thursday's TV debate is being hosted by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for A Better Louisiana.

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