Trump's reference to the Kentucky governor election refers to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear's upset victory over the Republican incumbent, Gov. Matt Bevin.
Edwards, a rare Democratic southern governor, is relying on his winning 2015 playbook, positioning himself as a moderate Democrat with conservative stances on guns and abortion and touting his record as a West Point graduate and former officer in the U.S. Army. He's the only Democrat elected statewide.
Rispone, the owner of a Baton Rouge industrial contracting company, hitched his entire candidacy to Trump, introducing himself to voters in ads that focused on support for the president in a state Trump won by 20 percentage points.
Rispone largely campaigned on his similarities to and support for the president, pointing out that he also built his wealth in construction. He also campaigned for Rispone by calling into conservative radio stations on his behalf, criticizing Bel Edwards on Twitter and recording get-out-the-vote robocalls and videos. Get out and VOTE for @EddieRispone to be your next Gov!' the Commander-in-chief wrote.More news: Briefing: Supreme Court to Hear Google v. Oracle
Bel Edwards won with 774,469 votes (51.3 percent) compared to Rispone's 734,128 votes (48.7 percent) with 100 percent of all precincts reporting, according to The New York Times.
Over the past five weeks, he has visited three Louisiana rallies to try and add to ousting Edwards.
'We want Louisiana to be No. 1 in the South when it comes to jobs and opportunity. He also hit Rispone for his support of unpopular former Gov. Bobby Jindal, saying Rispone would return Louisiana to policies that boosted state deficits.
'They talk about I'm some sort of a radical liberal. We have to do something different, ' Rispone said. "You know, I have never been more hopeful that Louisiana's best days are ahead, because we've proven what we can do when we put people over politics".More news: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan Vouches for Hard Work above all for Success
"You can send a tremendous message back to Washington because Eddie's running against the failed far-left", referring to Edwards, who he said would join the impeachment push from Louisiana if he was re-elected. 'That hasn't changed, and that´s the way we've been governing'. "Well I think essentially it's made everybody mad", Cross said.
Edwards expanded Louisiana's Medicaid program, lowering the state's uninsured rate below the national average. In between those trips, Trump traveled to Alabama to attend the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University football game.
Rispone poured more than $12 million of his own money into the race. He's promised tax cuts, without saying where he'd shrink spending, and he pledged a constitutional convention, without detailing what he wanted to rewrite.More news: Pete Buttigieg surges into lead in Iowa