WATCH: Rispone claims win as he prepares for run-off against Gov. Edwards

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BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33) (FOX 44) — Businessman Eddie Rispone advances to the run-off election against democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the race for Louisiana Governor.

The Republican has never before sought a position in political office, however managed to nudge past his same-party opponent, Congressman Ralph Abraham. Rispone received 27.42% compared to Abraham’s 23.6%.

During Rispone’s victory speech at L’Auberge Casino Hotel, he said he would have made his way to the podium minutes beforehand had he not received a phone call from President Donald Trump. Rispone said President Trump congratulated him on the victory and said he would support him through the next phase of the election.

Rispone also thanked his supporters, family and wife for their support. He also commented on taxes and jobs, stating that in order for things to change, Louisiana would need to “elect a different governor.” Those four words would be echoed continuously by his crowd of supporters.

The majority of attendees at Rispone’s official watch party arrived shortly after 7 p.m., the same time as kick-off for the LSU vs. Florida game. The crowd partook in a smorgasbord of muffalettas, barbeque pork sliders, crawfish pies, crabcake bites and more. There were also a variety of sweet treats and an open bar.

Voters head to the polls on Nov. 16 to determine who will be sworn in as Louisiana’s Governor in early January 2020.

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