La. political leaders hold ‘get out the vote’ events to lure constituents

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Saturday, Nov. 16 will be all about showdowns in Louisiana: LSU football vs. Ole Miss, Southern vs. Jackson State and candidate versus candidate.

Political leaders continue holding “get out the vote” rallies across the state — with plans to reach all the constituents they can. East Baton Rouge Parish Republicans held a rally luncheon of their own Tuesday.

“You’ve only got one opportunity to vote,” said Trae Welch, a Republican running for a district judgeship in Baton Rouge. “You can always watch the football game a little bit later.”

We can expect similar words Thursday, when President Trump stumps in Bossier City for Republican gubernatorial challenger Eddie Rispone. But Democrats are also looking to boost turnout. Gov. John Bel Edwards will attend a “get out the vote” rally Friday night in New Orleans.

Political analyst John Couvillon suggests voter participation will remain high Saturday, after this month’s seven-day early voting period brought some 500,000 Louisianians to the polls.

“Some of it is front-loading, but some of it is truly indicative of a higher turnout,” Couvillon said.

Overall turnout for the November runoff could crack the 50 percent mark statewide, Couvillon said.

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