MEET THE CANDIDATES: Louisiana’s race for governor


TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 22: Voting booths are setup at the Yuengling center on the campus of University of South Florida as workers prepare to open the doors to early voters on October 22, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Florida voters head to the polls to cast their early ballots in the race for the Senate as well as the Governors seats. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Candidates for Louisiana governor are looking to refine their messages in the closing weeks of the race.

The three leading candidates recently spoke with to discuss their backgrounds, their campaign strategies — and how each would serve the state’s highest elected office.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (Democrat, incumbent)

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (Republican)

Eddie Rispone (Republican)

Three other candidates are also running for governor: Democrat Oscar “Omar” Dantzler, independent Gary Landrieu and Republican Patrick “Live Wire” Landry.

The six candidates will appear on an open ballot Oct. 12. If no candidate wins more than half of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face of Nov. 16.

Early voting for the Oct. 12 race runs through Saturday, Oct. 5.

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