Louisiana Saturday Night Election, Incumbent Democratic Governor Wins

Posted: Nov 16, 2019 9:21 PM

In the last of three gubernatorial elections this year, voters in Louisiana headed to the polls on Saturday night. Since the Democratic candidates aren't giving the media much hope for 2020, the media was anxious for signs that Trump's popularity is declining. 

Take this headline in Politico on Saturday, "Can Trump win Governor of Louisiana?"

Or this one in the New York Times, "In Louisiana, a Vote for Governor and a Test for Trump."

Every election since Trump took office is touted as a must-win for the president. But there is no Republican like Trump. Democrats and people who haven't voted for decades came out to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 because of his issues and because of the media's completely unfair attacks against him. Trump bucked the establishment. 

Now, it's true the president had been urging his supporters to vote for Republican candidate Eddie Rispone, even holding a rally in Louisiana earlier this week. That's because Trump knows the media will proclaim him a loser if the Republican candidate doesn't win, like they did in Kentucky a couple of weeks ago -- although the outgoing governor of Kentucky was voted the most unpopular governor in the entire country. 

It's also true, however, that governors aren't in charge of fixing our job-killing trade deals, building a wall on our southern border, and keeping us out of endless wars. Trump's popularity might not be so easily transferable to generic Republican candidates. 

But Louisiana is a ruby-red state that has no business being led by a Democrat. Current Democratic Governor John Edwards won his 2015 election by more than 12 percent of the vote. But Trump walloped Hillary Clinton by 20 percent in the state just one year later, Trump's 58 percent to Hillary's 38. 

In the middle of the Democrats fevered impeachment inquiry, Trump's approval rating has ticked up to 50 percent, according to Rasmussen -- that's higher than Obama's at the same time in his first term. 

An incumbent Democrat winning a governorship doesn't solve the Democrats' problem of having insane candidates vying for their party's nomination, and it doesn't reflect the re-electability of a president that in no way, shape or form resembles the traditional Republican politician.