Democrat John Bel Edwards has secured a spot in the Nov. 21 runoff to decide who will be Louisiana’s next governor.
With a base of Democratic Party support, Edwards easily advanced Saturday to the two-man race to decide who will follow term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal into office. Edwards, a state representative, was the lone major Democratic candidate on the ballot.
Nine candidates for governor are in the race, but the race comes down to four major contenders: Edwards, Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
While his three GOP opponents struck at each other, Edwards saved most of his criticism for Jindal, who Edwards blamed for cratering the state’s finances. Edwards said his rivals each represent a Jindal third term.