Donald Trump, Jefferson Parish, New Orleans discussed on Morning Edition

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Rowe price invest with confidence it's morning edition from NPR news I'm David Graham and I made somewhere in the morning over the weekend Louisiana voters reelected their democratic governor John bel Edwards and in the process they may have given president Donald Trump cause for concern ahead of his own reelection bid Paul Braun of member station W. R. K. F. in baton Rouge reports president trump with a massive presence in the race Edwards GOP challenger Eddie responding embrace from from the start and the president himself visited the state three times to rally Republicans against the only democratic governor in the Deep South but in the end Edwards as dot responded by about forty thousand votes here is addressing supporters at his victory party after the president god bless his heart the southerner recognizes that passive aggressive jab it was a rare moment of criticism directed at the president Edwards had shied away from national politics in this race focusing instead on state issues with bipartisan appeal all three of the governor's races this year took place in state that voted overwhelmingly for president trump in twenty sixteen in Mississippi Republicans won the open seat in the governor's mansion but they lost the Kentucky and now with Louisiana Edwards again the partisan forces in Washington DC are not strong enough read the book did we see here yeah J. miles Coleman is a political analyst in Louisiana native level or the Democrats nominate they're not going to be you know some like John bell at you know he's instantly conservative Democrat and he you know he was they were all wrong hello Coleman says the defeat may have proven that the president can't inflict his will on races where he's not on the ballot but trump shouldn't necessarily be concerned about those states and twenty twenty what it does appear to show is the widening divide between rural and urban voters and suburban voters shift to democratic candidates that was most pronounced in the New Orleans suburbs Edwards got fifty seven percent of the vote in Jefferson parish and completely flipped traditionally read precincts within the city crazy to me as someone who's grown up around this place this house we usually think of them like it's historically you know the heart of the state Republican Party well in contested races there basically swing regions showing that the suburbs maybe battlegrounds even in long standing conservative strongholds for NPR news I'm Paul Brown in baton Rouge.

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