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The candidates

September 28, 2019

The incumbent governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, succeeded Bobby Jindal in 2015 to break the Republican trifecta in the state. Edwards is a lawyer and an army veteran who previously held a seat in the Louisiana State Legislature. 

The other two serious contenders, based on polling numbers and money raised, are Republicans Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone. 

Abraham is a current U.S. representative from Louisiana, former National Guard and Coast Guard veteran, doctor and veterinarian. 

Rispone, who has never held political office but is the founder of ISC Constructors, has a similar platform to President Donald Trump’s. He is running as a businessman and a “conservative outsider,” aligning himself closely with the values of the president.

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From left: Rep. Ralph Abraham, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone

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