Democratic Louisiana governor distances himself from national party in reelection bid

Democratic Louisiana governor distances himself from national party in reelection bid 1 (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival )

John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, is seeking a second term in Louisiana by running as much against his own party as his Republican opponent.

Edwards on Saturday fell short 3 percentage points of the 50% threshold in the state’s all-parties gubernatorial primary. Winning an outright majority would have meant an outright victory for Edwards, who instead on Nov. 16 will face the second-place finisher, Republican businessman Edward Rispone.

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