President Trump to visit Louisiana Friday, rally for GOP gubernatorial challengers

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HOLD FOR STORY FILE – In this June 18, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, in Orlando, Fla. Trump will speak in Florida at a rally on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — President Donald Trump will host an election eve rally in Louisiana Friday, as his party seeks to block the state’s Democratic governor from a primary victory.

The president announced his upcoming trip to Lake Charles Sunday on Twitter.

The visit comes as recent polls show Gov. John Bel Edwards near the 50 percent threshold to avoid a Nov. 16 runoff against Republican challengers Rep. Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone.

Both Abraham and Rispone voiced support for Trump’s upcoming visit Sunday afternoon.

“We’re thankful and excited to have President Trump help us turn Louisiana red,” Rispone said in a statement Sunday. “We need a conservative, outsider, and businessman to turn this state around. As governor, I’ll work with Trump to make Louisiana great again.”

“I’m excited to welcome my friend President Trump to Louisiana,” Abraham said. “In Congress, I’ve worked with our President to make America great again. I can’t wait to work with him as the next Governor of Louisiana.”

Edwards’ campaign aides told that Trump’s announcement does not surprise them.

“It’s no surprise that the President is supporting members of his own political party,” “This last-minute rally is proof that the partisan forces in Washington realize that Gov. Edwards is supported by a wide range of people in Louisiana, from every political party and every background.”

Trump’s visit follows Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Kenner last week.

Neither Pence, nor Trump have said whether they would prefer Rispone or Abraham in a gubernatorial runoff

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