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ABC member and 2003 national chair Eddie Rispone, founder of ISC Contractors, will be the Republican candidate facing off against incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) in the Nov. 16 general election for Louisiana, according to the results of the state’s Oct 12 primary.

Louisiana has a unique jungle primary system in which all qualifying candidates of all political parties appear on a single ballot for the primary election. A runoff is then triggered if no candidate achieves a simple majority.

Gov. Edwards received just 46.6% of the votes, failing to reach the 50% necessary to beat the five other candidates. Rispone came in second, earning 27.4% of the vote, while U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-5) earned 23.6% of the vote.

The Louisiana election is expected to be highly contested, as it is the GOP’s only opportunity to grow the number of states with Republican governors from 27 to 28. If Rispone wins, the Louisiana governor’s mansion and state legislature will be GOP-controlled.

President Trump held a rally in Lake Charles on Oct. 11 to help get out the vote in support of Rispone and Abraham. The president is expected to be involved in this race and a handful of other races around the country this year. Click here for more information on the states and elections to watch this year.

ISC Contractors is one of the largest merit shop specialty contracting firms in the U.S. industrial market. To learn more about Eddie Rispone and this general election, visit