The House minority whip added that Trump’s support helped galvanize Republicans in the state to force a runoff.
Supporters of Gov. John Bel Edwards celebrate
Supporters react as Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards arrives to address them in Baton Rouge on Saturday. | Matthew Hinton/AP Photo
President Donald Trump doesn’t “look bad” after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ narrow reelection victory over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in Louisiana, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Sunday.
“What he said was he’d be made to look bad whether he came in the state or not,” Scalise, the House minority whip, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Eddie Rispone made up a 22-point disadvantage over the last month because of President Trump’s involvement. … Clearly, President Trump’s involvement made a big difference at helping close that massive gap.”
“The governor’s polling showed he was above 50 before President Trump first started getting involved,” Scalise said. “That forced a runoff.”
Edwards beat Rispone on Saturday in a state that Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016. It was the second loss Trump has suffered this month after Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, a Republican, was defeated by his Democratic opponent, Andy Beshear.