Final debate Wednesday ahead of Louisiana governor election

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According to an exclusive Nexstar poll conducted by JMC Analytics and Polling in Baton Rouge, incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards remains firmly in the lead with 41%, up from 38% in April. (Source: Nexstar Media/JMC Analytics and Polling)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is debating his two major GOP opponents one last time before Saturday’s election.

The Deep South’s only Democratic governor will square off with U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone for the final televised primary debate Wednesday night in Shreveport.

The third TV debate of the race comes as Republicans have launched a national effort trying to keep Edwards from a primary victory. President Donald Trump plans an election eve rally on Friday against Edwards, following get-out-the-vote events from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr.

If Edwards can top 50% of the vote Saturday, he won’t head to a runoff. With two competing candidates, Republicans have had difficulty unifying against Edwards.

The debate, hosted by Gray Television, will be aired statewide.

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