Going All In On Louisiana Governor’s Race, Trump Tries To ‘Thread A Needle’

President Donald Trump on Thursday continues his considerable effort to rally Louisiana Republicans to oust the Democratic governor, making his fourth trip to boost GOP candidate Eddie Rispone.

The attempt to take personal ownership of the contest comes with some risk for Trump, who has already seen control of the House go to the opposite party in the 2018 midterms and a personal pitch to help the Republican governor in Kentucky, a state he won by 30 points in 2016, seemingly come up short last week.

A loss in Louisiana, which Trump carried by 20 points, could lead Republicans on Capitol Hill to begin distancing themselves from the bombastic president as he battles an impeachment effort while seeking reelection. 

Trump has already shown, however, that limits faced by previous presidents do not necessarily apply to him, and he continues to have 90 percent of Republicans nationwide saying they approve of his performance.

“Regardless of what happens in Louisiana, Hill Republicans are going to stand strong with President Trump,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist. “We are roughly a year out from Election Day 2020, and Hill Republicans know their political fortunes are tied to Trump, period.”

Thursday’s trip to Bossier City, Louisiana, is Trump’s last attempt to give Rispone a late-race surge before Saturday’s runoff against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. The president has already headlined rallies in Lake Charles and Monroe. He also joined thousands of Louisiana State University fans in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday to watch the Tigers knock off the host Crimson Tide in what was billed as the biggest college football game of the season.

Read more from John T. Bennett at Roll Call

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