A tightly contested race for governor of Louisiana ended in John Bel Edwards’ re-election late Saturday night, by about 40,000 votes.
That night Governor John Bel Edwards was greeted by cheers and people saying four more years as we won his second term.
At the end of Saturday night Edwards congratulated the crowd.
“You didn’t just vote for me you voted for four more years putting Louisiana first,” said Edwards.
Edwards, a conservative Democrat, was challenged by Eddie Rispone who was backed by President Donald Trump.
That same night Rispone told his crowd to still be proud.
“We have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Rispone. “We had over 700,000 people in Louisiana who really wanted something better and different.”
Governor Edwards is the first Democratic governor to win re-election since 1975, and he is currently the only statewide elected Democrat.
In the two months leading up to Election Day, the president visited the Pelican State three times to help drum up support for Rispone.
At the rally in Bossier City last week President Trump talked about how important this race was and who to vote for.
“It’s a vote for the Washington establishment,” said President Trump.
“So on Saturday get out and vote for Eddie Rispone. He is for jobs, safety and America.”
Political analysts say the Louisiana gubernatorial race, preceded by Kentucky’s earlier in November, suggests that Trump’s endorsement isn’t enough even for Republican candidates in red states.
Governor Edwards had one message to President Trump after his big win.
“As for the president, God bless his heart,” said Governor Edwards.
At the election party Governor Edwards said he has a couple main things he’s going to be focusing on in the next term.
“We will continue to fight for an increase of minimum-wage,” said Edwards. “Seven dollars and a quarter is not a meaningful wage. And we’re also going to make sure that we pay women what we pay men in the same job who have the same qualifications.”
Edwards ended up with 51 percent and roughly 40,000 votes over Rispone’s 49 percent. Unofficial results from Louisiana’s secretary of state show a turnout of 1.5 million, about 39 percent of the state’s 3.56 million voting age population, according to the Federal Register.