Donald Trump boasted Sunday morning another win for Republicans and a 'big upset' for Democrats following the gubernatorial Louisiana elections that resulted in a forced runoff.
'The Media is not talking about the big Republican victory last night in Louisiana where a sitting Democrat Governor was forced into a runoff by not getting 50%. Big upset! Now @EddieRispone, who will be a great Governor, will win!'
With six candidates running for governor in the state, incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards was not able to earn enough support to automatically be reelected to office, and instead is forced into a runoff election in November where he will face Republican Eddie Rispone, who has Trump's backing.
The president held a rally in Louisiana this week to drum up support for the Republican candidate in a state where Trump won with 58.1 per cent of the vote in the 2016 presidential elections.
Donald Trump touted a Republican victory in the Saturday Louisiana primary race, where the Democrat incumbent was prevented from an outright victory
On Friday, Trump held a rally in Louisiana where both Republican primary candidates Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham attended
Trump congratulated Rispone after he earned the biggest percentage of the Republican vote in the state
'The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, has done a poor job. NOW HE IS IN A RUNOFF WITH A GREAT REPUBLICAN, @EddieRispone,' Trump boasted Saturday night as he took credit for helping keep the Democrat from victory. 'Thank you Louisiana! 66% down to 47% after I explained what a bad job the Governor was doing.'
Edwards earned 46.6 per cent of the vote in Louisiana – just 3.4 per cent short of the 50 per cent needed to clinch victory – and Rispone earned 27.4 per cent.
Ralph Abraham, another Republican who ran in the gubernatorial elections, garnered 23.6 per cent of the vote, and if that section of the vote went toward Rispone in the November runoff, he could emerge victorious.
Abraham is a third-term congressman and Rispone a businessman and longtime political donor who is making his first bid for office.
The other three candidates earned only .8 per cent of the vote each.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, Trump predicted Rispone would win in November, flipping the governor's office in Louisiana red.
'Congratulations to the Great State of Louisiana. A big night. You will soon have a new and wonderful Governor, @EddieRispone,' he tweeted. 'Your Taxes and Car Insurance Payments will go DOWN!'
During Trump's rally Friday, both Rispone and Abraham attended, claiming they have support from the president. But Trump did not endorse either candidate outright, so he could maximize the changes that Edwards would fall below the 50 per cent threshold – which worked.