Black voter outreach intensifies in Louisiana governor race

MONROE, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 06: Louisiana Republican candidate for governor, Eddie Rispone (R) speaks alongside U.S. President Donald Trump during a "Keep America Great" rally at the Monroe Civic Center on November 06, 2019 in Monroe, Louisiana. President Trump headlined the rally to support Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, who is looking to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La.  — Gov. John Bel Edwards needs strong turnout from Louisiana’s black voters to keep his seat as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor, the type of turnout he didn’t get in the primary election.
Edwards and his backers are laboring to reverse that trend ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.
The intensified outreach shows signs of generating more enthusiasm from African American voters. Early voting numbers show a higher black turnout than in the primary.
Edwards added another political consultant for the runoff focused on get-out-the-vote efforts among core supporters, particularly African Americans. He’s redoubled meetings with faith-based leaders and activists in the black community.
And he’s added new messaging, suggesting that Rispone’s proposals could threaten historically black colleges with budget cuts or attempted mergers.

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