The latest Louisiana Governor’s campaign news features former US Rep. John Fleming (R) indicating that he is also considering entering the 2019 Governor’s race in order to challenge Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. Dr. Fleming served four terms in the House, leaving in 2016 to run unsuccessfully for the Senate. He finished fifth in a field of 24 jungle primary candidates, failing to advance into the general election. Then-state Treasurer John Kennedy (R) eventually claimed the seat in the run-off election. Currently, Dr. Fleming is an official in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Gov. Edwards is seeking re-election. His current challengers are US Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Alto/Monroe) and land developer Eddie Rispone (R). Both Sen. Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) declined to run.
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