John Bel Edwards Trumps Eddie Rispone in Louisiana Governor Race Runoff

President Donald Trump visited Louisiana three times to rally support for the Republican candidate in the governor's runoff race. The results from Saturday night indicate the Democrat got reelected despite the president's efforts.

Final polls show that incumbent John Bel Edwards defeated challenger Eddie Rispone in the gubernatorial runoff. Though Rispone won more parishes, Edwards won the three metropolitan areas that mattered in a close race.

The final results posted Saturday night show these numbers:

Eddie Rispone (R) — 761,494 (51.1%)
John Bel Edwards (D) — 730,090 (48.9%)

The Associated Press made the call that Edwards won reelection in the runoff with 98 percent of the precincts reporting in the Bayou State.

The results were close all night, with Rispone, a Republican businessman from Baton Rouge, leading most of the night. But as the bigger metropolitan areas of Baton Rouge, Shreveport and New Orleans began sending in counted ballots, Edwards won with about a 30,000-vote cushion when it was called.

Trump held rallies in north Louisiana twice in the last two weeks—Monroe in Ouachita Parish and Bossier City in Bossier Parish. Rispone carried both of those parishes, but Trump's influence in Louisiana wasn't to unseat a rare Democratic governor in the southern United States.

The Trump rally on Thursday this week in Bossier City is an area that typically votes Democrat. Though Bossier Parish voted 66 percent for Rispone, the neighboring parishes of Caddo (Shreveport), Bienville, Red River and Natchitoches all went the way of Edwards.

And though Trump visited the state multiple times and touted job growth and his staunch support for the energy sector—an important job creator along the state's Gulf of Mexico section, which carried the Reupublican candidate—the Democrat candidate said he agreed jobs have grown since Trump took office.

"Louisiana's economy is moving in the right direction, and growing stronger every day," Edwards campaign manager Richard Carbo said. "But don't take Gov. Edwards's word for it. The White House agrees."

This governor's race wasn't without outside political and monetary influence. More than $2 million from each party's governor's association was spilled into Louisiana. But in a state where Trump won by more than 20 points in 2016, he couldn't bring an ally across the finish line.

Politicians began weighing in as the results got reported Saturday night, including Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro, who said, "Congrats@JohnBelforLA on winning another term and to@LADemos for stopping a GOP supermajority, ensuring more people in Louisiana have access to health care and Democrats have a voice in drawing fair districts."

Gov. John Bel Edwards
Gov. John Bel Edwards talks to media at the Case Closed Barbershop on November 15, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Louisiana residents head to the polls tomorrow to vote in the gubernatorial runoff election between Republican candidate Eddie Rispone and incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images