Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won reelection Saturday night after narrowly defeating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone in the gubernatorial runoff election.
Edwards received 51.34% of the vote with 774,469 votes, while Rispone received 48.66% of the vote with 734,128 votes, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
In the primary election on Oct. 12, Edwards received 46.59% of the vote, and Rispone 27.42%. Neither candidate secured 50% of the vote, sending both candidates to the runoff election. U.S. Rep. Republican Ralph Abraham was also running at the time and received 23.61% of the vote.
In his acceptance speech, Edwards thanked his family, campaign manager, volunteers and campaign staff, saying his campaign staff was the smallest that has ever worked in Louisiana.
“My pledge to you