Parties consider presidential influence ahead of Bossier City rally

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The Louisiana governor’s race is nearing the finish line as voters will go to the polls this weekend. They will choose between Republican businessman Eddie Rispone who is challenging incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards. The nation will be watching closely as President Trump makes a final visit to Bossier City, LA Thursday before election day.

President Trump will campaign once again for Eddie Rispone Thursday in Bossier City, LA. (Source: WAFB)

“Get them excited to get out to the polls,” said Amelia Chasse Alcivar, spokesperson for the Republican Governors’ Association.

She says the president will be a welcome sight at the Centurylink Center in Bossier City for Eddie Rispone. Alcivar says every race is different. While the president put his popularity on the line in last week’s Kentucky gubernatorial race, in which his candidate, Matt Bevin, lost, she thinks Rispone is well positioned to win in a state the president won by 20 points in 2016.

“The president’s involvement is critical and such a benefit to the Republican cause here but it also is important to have a great candidate which we have in Eddie Rispone,” said Alcivar.

The Democratic Governors’ Association does not think the president’s visit will be enough of a catalyst for Rispone. Spokesperson Marshall Cohen thinks Edwards has the message to counteract the president’s seal of approval.

“President Trump is not a silver bullet for Republican candidates that are trying to nationalize the race,” said Rispone.

Marshall Cohen cautions that just because Kentucky went for Democrats does not mean another Trump-friendly state like Louisiana will do the same. But Cohen thinks Edwards’ record as governor, his budget management, and his military record will keep him in his mansion.

“We know we can compete and win everywhere, and that’s what we’re going to aim to do in 2020,” said Cohen.

President Trump’s rally is set to begin at 7pm local time in Bossier City Thursday.

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